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January 7, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Pa. educators gear up for new subject-specific exams
    Schools in Pennsylvania are implementing a statewide exam that will be used to determine if schools are making adequate yearly progress. The new Keystone exams will be administered this school year to 11th-graders in math, biology and literature. One concern is that students who took Algebra I in eighth or ninth grade may not perform well on the math exam because it has been so long since they studied the subject. Schools are taking extra steps, such as providing tutoring and test preparation sessions, to help students get ready. The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 tips for districts transitioning to 21st-century learning
    Veteran educator and consultant Jonathan P. Costa Sr. in this commentary shares five strategies to help districts transition to a bring-your-own-device and digital-learning ­environment. He suggests avoiding surprises by engaging parents before BYOD programs are enacted. He also recommends developing infrastructure beforehand, not being bound to the "right device," not letting small issues detract from the end goal and starting the process now. EdTech magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ind. lawmaker proposes withdrawing from the common core
    Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, plans to introduce legislation that would remove the state's involvement with the Common Core State Standards. The sponsor of the legislation, expected to be heard in committee on Jan. 16, said he was concerned that the common core was adopted without a clear understanding of what it means for teachers and students. The legislation is seen as rebuttal of initiatives spearheaded by outgoing state schools superintendent Tony Bennett, who was defeated in November's election. Greenfield Daily Reporter (Ind.)/The Associated Press (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Would lower tuition rates bolster STEM majors?
    A Florida task force has proposed stopping tuition increases for some college majors, such as science, technology, engineering and math, in an effort to raise enrollment in these fields. This approach is new to higher education, where tuition discrepancies often have revolved around raising tuition in areas such as engineering because of the costs associated with that particular major. Some caution that just because higher tuition resulted in a decrease in enrollment in these fields doesn't mean the reverse will be true. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Report: More local funds paying for special education in Calif. schools
    As costs to educate students with disabilities have risen and state and federal special-education funding has remained steady, the share of local funds used to pay for special-education services in California has increased to 39% from 32%, between 2005 and 2011, according to a report from the state Legislative Analyst's Office. The report predicts growth in the amount of funds needed to serve this student population, as there has been a 240% increase in diagnoses of students with autism and a 120% rise in the number of students with low-incidence disabilities that require costly services. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • Start the new year off right!
    Begin your list of resolutions by joining more than 80,000 mathematics educators worldwide as a member of NCTM. Take a look at all the activities available to members online, including lessons with handouts (for all grade levels), Illuminations links, and Figure This! Math Challenges for Families. These are just a few of the amazing resources available -- don't miss out on making 2013 your best mathematics year yet! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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