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February 6, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Report: Successful strategies from top education leaders
    Education Week has released a report that highlights 16 education leaders implementing creative ideas in their own districts. "Leaders to Learn From" highlights strategies undertaken by leaders regarding school climate, curbing dropouts, improving services for students with special needs and improving parent participation. Among the leaders profiled is St. Paul, Minn., superintendent Valeria Silva, who has made major reforms to the district's approach to English-language learners. Education Week/District Dossier blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ill. district reviews changes associated with common core
    The Common Core State Standards are triggering changes in school programs at all levels, and Hinsdale Township High School District 86 officials in Illinois recently discussed the upcoming changes with school board members. They noted that algebra will be introduced earlier and high-school math will require more higher-order thinking. Officials also said they plan to host a meeting soon to explain the changes to parents. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
  • Some states may be reconsidering the common core
    Opponents of the Common Core State Standards are centering their attention on Colorado, Idaho and Indiana, and are citing successes in Utah, which last year withdrew from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Alabama similarly has withdrawn from the two consortia tasked with developing tests aligned with the standards. Supporters of the standards, adopted by a majority of states, say opposition is small and has largely been unsuccessful. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. STEM school readies students for college, careers
    Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee, Calif., offers students a wide range of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. The academy recently hosted an expo to highlight its programs for middle- and high-school students, where student-created conveyor systems and other projects were on display. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Maine educators look ahead to national standardized assessments
    Students' scores on Maine's standardized math and reading assessments have changed very little over the past several years, education officials say. The state will administer the test one more year, but after that, it will begin issuing a national assessment associated with the Common Core State Standards. "It should be a more rigorous test," state education department spokesman David Connerty-Marin said. "And it will involve a much higher order of thinking." Portland Press Herald (Maine) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • New research about discussion in the mathematics classroom
    What does research identify as the benefits of discussion in the mathematics class? What are some strategies for facilitating productive classroom discussions? Get research-based answers to these questions of practice in newly released NCTM Research Clips and Briefs. Clips are short and provide only the findings. Briefs include more information and list related research. Benefits of Discussion -- Clip, Brief; Strategies for Discussion -- Clip, Brief. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Check out the annual meeting online preview
    The online preview has everything you need to know about the NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting, including an overview of the conference and what you can expect when you get there. Learn more about the sessions and workshops, featured speakers, strands and exhibit hall -- plus, use the sampling of presentations and topics of focus to demonstrate the value of this professional development opportunity to your administrator. You can also download a PDF of the preview to share with colleagues. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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