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September 13, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Young students show signs of math anxiety
    High-achieving first- and second-graders may experience math anxiety more often than their peers, according to a study by University of Chicago researchers. Anxiety disrupts working memory, which is essential to performing math problems, and usually is strongest in high achievers, researchers note. United Press International (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ala. makes strides in math, science learning
    The push in Alabama in recent years to engage students in hands-on learning in math, science and technology is paying off as more students make gains on standardized assessments. Still, the state needs to do more to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math, according to a report on the state of STEM learning in the U.S. (Alabama) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Detroit to try hybrid learning model in low-performing schools
    Students in some of the lowest-performing schools in Detroit will have access this fall to virtual-learning opportunities made possible through a partnership between Detroit's Education Achievement Authority -- a state initiative to turn around low-performing schools -- and the Michigan Virtual University. Students taking classes in the hybrid program will alternate attending school one day and doing coursework online the next day. The Detroit News (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. students struggle with state math, science tests
    While elementary-school students in Oregon achieved impressive test scores in reading last year, students of all ages didn't fare as well in math and science. Only 63% of students tested met grade-level standards in math, a figure prompting state education leaders to call for creative solutions to provide struggling students with additional math instruction. The Oregonian (Portland) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Tenn. groups educate public on common core
    A coalition of Tennessee organizations, including Metro Nashville Public Schools, is leading a new campaign to educate the public about the Common Core State Standards. The "Expect More, Achieve More" initiative aims to let parents and others know that coursework will be much more rigorous under the standards. The group is reaching out in print and online, through brochures and videos. The Tennessean (Nashville) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Northwestern Great Lakes Girl Scouts aim to boost STEM appeal
    As a result of a recent Girl Scouts Institute study that showed girls base career choices on role models and not academics, Girls Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes is working to boost girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The GSNWGL is looking to professionals and older girls to mentor younger Girl Scouts and provide hands-on experiences pertaining to math and science fields. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Can a student's readiness for college be measure by NAEP?
    The National Assessment of Educational Progress measures achievement gaps between groups -- but can it be used to determine whether a student is ready for college? Officials for years have debated whether any 12th-grade test can be used to conclude whether a student is prepared to take college-level courses without remediation. The test likely is best seen as one of multiple measures used to determine a student's readiness for college, said Louis M. Fabrizio, a North Carolina education official and member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for NAEP. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Get your ideas into NCTM's middle grades journal
    Whether you have one or two succinct questions for Palette of Problems, a practical application of a concept for Math for Real, or a series of activity sheets that have been successful with your students, now is a great time to submit your ideas to Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. As the school year begins and you dust off your materials from last fall, share the best of them with us. See them in print and they can live on forever. More info. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Core Math Tools
    Core Math Tools is a downloadable suite of interactive software tools for algebra and functions, geometry and trigonometry and statistics and probability. The tools are appropriate for use with any high-school mathematics curriculum and compatible with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in content and mathematical practices. Core Math Tools sessions will also be offered at NCTM's 2012 Regional Conferences. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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