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November 30, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Ala. school district pilots interactive math program
    About 19,000 students in grades K-8 in Birmingham City Schools in Alabama this year are working with First in Math, an interactive computer program that covers basic skills through algebra. Produced by Suntex International, First in Math uses a game format and offers immediate feedback -- with electronic awards -- to keep students engaged. The district's students solved 4 million math problems with the program in a one-month period, including time spent both at home and at school, the company reported. T.H.E. Journal (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Conn. school district's parents are concerned about math curriculum
    A math curriculum that emphasizes group learning and reduces lecture time by teachers is leading to concern among some parents in Fairfield, Conn. The parents this week brought complaints about the "inquiry-based learning" approach to math instruction before the local board of education, with one parent saying the children seemed to be losing confidence in their math skills, rather than becoming stronger in the subject. Fairfield Minuteman (Conn.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. STEM summit expands with help from nonprofit partnership
    Teachers from the Norwin School District in Pennsylvania will gather in February with representatives from area businesses -- as well as international corporations such as Google and Westinghouse -- for a second annual summit devoted to science, technology, engineering and math education. Educators from across the state are expected to attend the event to learn about hands-on lessons and projects they can use in their classrooms. The expanded summit is being organized through a partnership with Asset STEM Education, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit group funded by Bayer. Norwin Star (Pittsburgh) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Duncan directs states on graduation-rate standards
    While some have criticized the U.S. Department of Education's No Child Left Behind waivers, saying they have relaxed graduation-rate accountability, Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday issued a letter saying that is not the case. In the letter, Duncan advises state schools chiefs that they must calculate graduation rates in a uniform way and that the data should factor significantly into school accountability. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM's bestselling series on reasoning and sense making for high school mathematics
    The "Focus in High School" series shows teachers how to refocus the way they teach high school mathematics by emphasizing the use of reasoning and sense making. The first title, "Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making" was published in 2009, followed by titles on equity, geometry, statistics and probability, algebra and technology. Each focuses on students' reasoning and sense making, which are at the center of all mathematical learning and understanding, and emphasizes the importance of both in any high school mathematics curriculum. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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