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1. Ohio replaces PARCC with AIR for math, language tests

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Ohio education leaders will replace the PARCC exam with standardized math and language arts tests administered by American Institutes for Research next spring. The state, which will keep Common Core State Standards in place, already uses AIR to administer its standardized social studies and science tests. WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (07/01)

2. How one teacher connects Common Core math to the real world

Math Education SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Common Core State Standards in math can help students make connections between the problems they solve in class and real-world uses for the skills they're learning, North Carolina high-school math teacher Nicole Smith writes in this blog post. She gives examples of how she's used scavenger hunts, mnemonic devices and projects to increase learning and creativity. Center for Teaching Quality (06/29)

3. Tips for using fiction writing to teach math

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Storytelling can engage students with learning mathematical concepts by having them develop math problems and create plots that illustrate their solutions, young-adult author Robert Black writes. He shares several tips for teachers to guide their students in writing math-based fiction. MiddleWeb (07/01)

4. Girls learn math, engineering while designing, creating shoes

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

High-school girls from around the country recently gathered at a West Virginia college to use their math and engineering skills to design and build shoes. The Camp STEM students had to stay within their budget when finding materials to build shoes that were practical, stylish and structurally sound. Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.) (07/01)

5. Study reveals enrollment gaps in calculus

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 06, 2015

Fewer black and low-income students are taking calculus before high-school graduation, according a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. However, more Hispanics and Asians are completing the course. The report also found no gender difference in students taking calculus. The Hechinger Report (07/06)

6. Should schools eliminate Ds?

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Some schools in New Jersey and elsewhere have taken steps to eliminate the letter grade D, asserting that it has a negative effect on students and encourages students to "game the system." "[I]f Ds are markers of adequacy that everyone recognizes as inadequate, doling them out seems illogical and cynical," writer and teacher Andrew Simmons notes in this commentary. The Atlantic online (06/29)

7. How flipped instruction benefits students with special needs

Math Education SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Technology has been a "game changer" for the estimated 2.5 million children in the U.S. with learning disabilities, asserts Kim Hines, associate director for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. This article explores how flipped instruction helps students with learning difficulties, and can be beneficial for others, too. eSchool News (free registration) (06/29)

8. How educators can use technology to meet Common Core State Standards

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Common Core State Standards give educators the flexibility they need to incorporate a variety of technology in their classrooms, writes educator Monica Burns. In this blog post, she outlines several ways to engage students through multimedia to boost math and language skills, including writing their own math problems and using applications to practice math skills. (07/01)

9. Study: Facebook can help engage students in learning complex topics

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Students can learn about complex subjects, such as science, by participating in groups on Facebook, according to a new study. Researchers found that incorporating teacher-directed Facebook forums in the curriculum increased student engagement and led students to engage in "largely on-topic, civil and sophisticated" conversations with classmates. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (06/30)

10. Report: Gender, racial gaps remain in STEM

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Gender and racial gaps remain in science, technology, engineering and math fields, according to a recent report from U.S. News & World Report and Raytheon. The report found that high-school girls are less interested in STEM -- with male students showing greater interest in engineering and technology -- and female students are outperformed in STEM subjects by their male peers. (06/29)

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