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February 8, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Mass. school district ramps up interest in AP science, math courses
    School officials in Billerica, Mass., say they are launching a new Advanced Placement program to increase access for all students to high-level science, technology, engineering and math courses and create a pipeline to college- and career-related STEM fields. However, a secondary goal is to bring more female and minority students into the AP STEM program's "diversified" classes. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
 
  • Ill. school increases instructional time in math, other subjects
    Yorkville Middle School near Chicago is increasing time spent in math class from 42 minutes to 60 minutes to give students more time to problem-solve, collaborate and receive feedback. According to school officials, the change will "provide a better bridge from elementary to middle school and ... prepare students for the increased rigor of math courses they will experience at YHS and beyond." Students also will spend more time in science and social studies classes. Patch.com/Yorkville, Ill. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards 
 
  • How education will adjust to the common core
    Changes are in store for teachers at all levels in states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, education consultant Erin Powers writes in this blog post. The standards emphasize the role of all teachers in the development of students' literacy skills, and in math, focus will shift to the application of real-world skills -- rather than passing a test, Powers writes. The common core also recognizes the growing importance of technology in education and the expectation that students can access information anytime, anywhere, she writes. Edutopia.org/Erin Powers' blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  STEM 
  • School robotics competition teaches more than engineering
    Students from some New Jersey schools recently participated in the Ocean County Tech Prep Robotics Contest, where student teams were asked to program a robot to complete two tasks, one announced prior to the event and another announced onsite. "This event encourages interest in engineering and science, but most of all it teaches the students how to work together to support each other," event greeter Denise Szczerba said. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • D.C. bill would make it a crime for teachers to cheat on tests
    Allegations of cheating on standardized tests have led three members of the Washington, D.C., Council to propose a measure that would make such acts illegal. Teachers or principals found guilty of cheating would have their professional licenses revoked and could face fines. Under the bill, it would be illegal for educators to change students' answers on tests, look at test questions before they are given to students, help students arrive at the right answer, have test materials at certain times or leave test materials unattended. The Washington Post (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Don't forget to participate in the 2012–13 member referral program!
      
    With your help, NCTM's Member Referral Program can move the Council to the next level, assist more people, serve you better, and be a stronger advocate for mathematics education. For every referral that you provide, your name will be entered into our drawing for a free trip to the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting in New Orleans and other great prizes. Refer at least two new members and receive $5 in NCTM bucks, redeemable toward membership, books and conference registration. The program runs through June 30, 2013. Keep the referrals coming! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • NBA salaries: A statistical dunk
      
    March Madness is just around the corner. Explore the timely subject of NBA salaries with the most recent issue of "Student Explorations in Mathematics," a resource for grades 5-10 students, teachers and teacher educators. Each issue develops a single mathematical theme or concept in such a way that fifth-grade students can understand the first one or two pages and high school students will be challenged by the last page. Read more about the current issue and this NCTM benefit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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