Nova Scotia’s provincial math test for Grade 12 students is proving more than most of them can handle: only 45 per cent passed last year, down from 51 per cent in 2008. It’s just as bad in the province’s French-language schools, where, again, 45 per cent of students passed mathematiques. Are the kids to blame? The teachers? The provincial education department blames, at least in part, the curriculum—saying too many math concepts are presented in Grade 12 for the classroom time available. A new curriculum will be rolled out starting next year.