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December 26, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Group to develop rubric for what works in math
    A group of education stakeholders recently came together to discuss plans for developing a reliable resource that would provide educators with information about which math aids are effective. Officials say the first step is to determine the criteria that will be used to determine what works. "If it's the same old stuff and it just looks more glitzy because it's on the iPad or on the computer, it's not going to have any impact," said Linda Gojak, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is there more to AP than passing the exams?
    Florida officials say more high-school students are taking Advanced Placement courses, but just 4 in 10 students passed the exams in 2012. The surge in participation is due largely to incentives offered by the state, as well as a partnership with the College Board and the inclusion of AP in the high-school grade formula. However, some observers say the benefits of AP go beyond the exams, giving students valuable skills in critical thinking and the demands of college-level work. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Curriculum 
 
  • Pa. students learning algebra earlier
    Educators in the Bethlehem Area School District in Pennsylvania are introducing advanced math earlier to better prepare students for new standards adopted under the Common Core State Standards. Some say they are concerned that beginning algebra too early could have an adverse effect on student learning. Still, district officials are moving forward with plans to have students take algebra in the seventh and eighth grades. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards 
  • How does IB fit into the common core?
    San Diego-area educators trained to teach the International Baccalaureate program say its inquiry-style lessons share some of the rigorous requirements of Common Core State Standards. "It's the exact same intent, and in some cases the same wording as well," said David Weber, an IB math teacher at the Preuss School-University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, Calif. However, some IB proponents say they worry the common core's focus on standardized tests might diminish IB's use of portfolio assessments to gauge student learning. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Minn. chamber highlights successful school-to-work program
    High-school students in the Detroit Lakes area have a supportive business community giving them opportunities to investigate careers ranging from health care to manufacturing. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce recently singled out the area's school-to-work program as the kind of student intern program it would like to see in cities and towns across the state. "You can't wait until somebody's at the community college or the state university until you start talking to them about a variety of their range of career options," Chamber Senior Vice President Bill Blazer said. Detroit Lakes Newspapers (Minn.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • The next game-changer in education
    Beginning in January, a Kansas school district will begin testing a shift to "open-source" learning materials, which would give students access to digital materials, while replacing traditional textbooks. The Web portal, "Canvas," is part of the district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Officials say a benefit is that the system is expected to reduce costs. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM reflects on 2012 Regional Conferences
      
    With more than 3,000 attendees at the NCTM Regional Conferences and Expositions in Dallas and Hartford and almost 5,000 attendees in Chicago, this fall proved to be an exciting time in mathematics education. Thanks to everyone who joined NCTM in Dallas, Hartford and Chicago for our 2012 Regional Conferences. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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