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February 7, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Specialists help individualize math instruction in a N.H. school
    Students at Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., who need extra assistance in math are receiving it in some unlikely places, such as the gym and library. This year, the school launched an initiative that uses specialists to supplement traditional lessons and ensure students are receiving the instruction they need. School officials say teachers have welcomed the program and that student achievement and engagement have improved. The Telegraph (Nashua, N.H.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should AP courses be open to all students?
    Advanced Placement courses are open to all students in more than 539 school districts in the U.S. and Canada -- regardless of past achievement, according to the College Board. The approach, which is encouraged by the organization, generally has resulted in higher average exam scores. While one New Jersey high school opened enrollment with successful results, another saw a decline in achievement when poorly prepared students tried and failed the exams. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Accelerated Math offers new paperless option.
With Accelerated Math Live™ software, students can see and answer math problems online using computers, laptops, or tablets-or use traditional paper and pencil. No matter which option teachers choose, math is more interactive and engaging than ever before. Learn more.
  Curriculum 
 
  • Vt. education official suggests major changes in math
    Recently released testing data show that slightly less than 40% of Vermont's 11th-graders are performing on grade level in math, and the numbers are even worse among boys living in poverty, state education officials say. Noting that the outcomes are similar to last year's assessment results, Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca said it's time for some changes, such as making algebra and geometry requirements for graduation and raising the bar for teacher certification. WCAX-TV (Burlington, Vt.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Standards 
  • Fla. schools chief explains changes associated with common core
    Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett told Floridians this week that the transition to the Common Core State Standards will require more problem-solving skills and higher-level thinking from students than what was previously in place. "This is a major initiative that will really propel our students to be college and career ready," he said. WOFL-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Ariz. schools focus on real-world STEM education
    Some Ahwatukee, Phoenix-area schools in Arizona are working to expand learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math beyond the school day and to offer cutting-edge courses. One school has launched a mobile app-development class as part of its engineering curriculum and also hosts a robotics club after school. Ahwatukee Foothills News (Phoenix) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Obama proposes changes to delay cuts to federal K-12 funding
    President Barack Obama has introduced a series of proposals intended to delay the implementation of across-the-board spending cuts to K-12 education and other parts of the federal budget. Without action by Congress, the cuts are scheduled to take effect March 1. The spending cuts, known as the "sequester," have been considered since last year and already have been delayed once. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Core Math Tools: Teacher preparation and intern teaching
      
    Recently, NCTM members discussed the features of Core Math Tools -- a downloadable suite of interactive software tools for algebra and functions, geometry and trigonometry, and statistics and probability. Download the PowerPoint presentation that accompanied their session at the 2013 AMTE Conference held last month. The tools are appropriate for use with any high school mathematics curriculum and compatible with content and practice standards in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Want to speak at an NCTM conference?
    Share your knowledge and expertise with teachers from around the globe by speaking at an NCTM conference. NCTM is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Regional Conferences. Learn more about the submission process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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