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December 13, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Ill. district considers new math classes to meet needs of freshman
    School officials in the Community High School District in Downers Grove, Ill., are proposing changes to the district's math curriculum to align learning with Common Core State Standards and make the transition from middle-school to high-school math more cohesive. If the school board approves the measure, incoming freshman would have two course options -- Foundations of Math I and Math I. Foundations would offer extra support to students who may not be ready for more-advanced concepts, and Math I would be a blend of algebra, geometry and statistics. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study connects absenteeism and test scores
    Missing school has a big effect on student achievement, according to a recent report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The report found a higher rate of absenteeism in the month before exams among students with basic scores than among those with top scores. The study also found an increase nationwide in instructional time spent on reading, math, music and visual arts, as well as an increase in homework assigned to middle-school students. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Curriculum 
  • Conn. parents seek answers on math curriculum changes
    The Fairfield, Conn., school board this week reviewed the district's early roll-out of a new math curriculum called College Preparatory Mathematics, which relies heavily on collaborative work. Based on parent claims that the curriculum change was not approved by the board, board members asked district officials to provide a presentation about CPM and the changes that have occurred so far. Patch.com/Fairfield, Conn. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Bush: The common core is example of team effort
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush holds the Common Core State Standards as an example of federal and state governments working together and within their proper roles in public education. After the standards were developed at the national level, the states now are picking up the torch and taking the lead on implementing the standards and administering exams, writes Bush, who states that Race to the Top is an example of appropriate federal government support of state-managed education efforts. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Room for Debate (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  STEM 
  • Educators try out wind-energy curriculum
    Some teachers in Iowa recently learned about wind-energy resources during a workshop hosted by the Iowa Lakes science, technology, engineering and math program. The workshop highlighted the nationally recognized KidWind curriculum that exposes students to wind-turbine construction and other wind-energy topics. One participant said she sees the curriculum "as a springboard that brings all the parts together in a guided practice for the school district." Dickinson County News (Spirit Lake, Iowa) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Va. district reverses course on Web-based textbooks
    In Fairfax County, Va., officials have decided to return to paper math textbooks following an unsuccessful experiment with Web-based textbooks. Among the concerns raised by teachers and parents were that not all students had access to computers at home and students found the online books confusing. They also experienced problems when the program was used on Apple devices. The Washington Post/Virginia Schools Insider (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Winter break: Keep math skills fresh
      
    Winter break is almost here! Worried that your students will forget everything you've been working on in the classroom? Check out our list of ideas for games and projects for families to do with their children over the winter break. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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