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March 6, 2013
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  • How long will common core tests take to complete?
    The two groups tasked with developing standardized tests in mathematics and English/language arts that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards have released estimates on how long the exams will take, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which released its estimates on Tuesday, says the tests will take between eight and 10 hours, and teachers will have a testing window of 20 days. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has said its exams will take seven to eight-and-a-half hours to complete. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In her new DVD, Moving into Math Stations, K-2, Debbie Diller builds on her best-selling book Math Work Stations, bringing your staff into two real classrooms to see how to use manipulatives, manage time & space, incorporate whole-group instruction, encourage meaningful math talk, and more. View a 7-minute segment online!
  Focus on Practice 
  • 2 Maine schools integrate math learning with PE
    Two Maine elementary schools are mixing math with physical education as part of an increased focus on mathematics and overall academic goals. At one school, third-grade students chase one another on scooter carts in a "cops and robbers" game that includes counting play money. At another school, students participate in indoor bowling, counting their score down from 150 into negative numbers. "We call it 'math movement,' for lack of a better phrase because that's what we're doing. We're combining math skills and movement skills," said teacher Scott Colby at Williams Elementary in Oakland. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Schools Today 
  • Ind. students, teachers to be paid for AP success
    More than 30 Indiana schools are participating in a program in which students and their teachers will be rewarded for passing Advanced Placement exams in math, science and English. Under a $7 million grant spread over five years, students who score a 3 or better on an exam will receive $100 -- and so will their teacher. Supporters say the program seeks to model the real world in which students -- or employees -- would receive a bonus for a job well done. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. district increases use of mobile devices
    Hamilton County, Tenn., schools are using federal grants and other available dollars to invest in mobile devices as the school district prepares for increased technology demands, including online testing. County superintendent Rick Smith wants an iPad or other tablet for each of the district's 42,000 public-school students, a goal the district may reach faster if it rewrites policies to allow students to bring their own devices to school. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fla. districts could have to post testing schedule online
    School districts in Florida would be required to post standardized-testing schedules online under legislation unanimously approved by a state House committee. Under the bill, school districts also must declare which testing they have required beyond state and federal mandates. While some districts do release such information, supporters say they are seeking to make the process more uniform across districts. StateImpact (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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