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February 4, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Study: More time in algebra class equals future success
    Students who spent twice as much time learning algebra improved not only in math but also in verbal skills, according to a study of the Chicago Public Schools' double dose algebra program enacted in 2003. The program in which students enrolled in two algebra classes at the same time was designed to serve students who scored below average on national tests in eighth grade, Maureen Downey writes. Besides academic gains, students in the program graduated high school and attended college at a higher rate than similarly situated peers not enrolled the program, researchers found. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Get Schooled blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educator proposes science class as venue for advanced math
    New Jersey math teacher Mike Thayer suggested during a recent conference session that educators consider a new curriculum model for math education in which students take a comprehensive math class that covers algebra, geometry and some trigonometry and then learn more challenging math concepts in classes such as chemistry and biology. Thayer's proposal was part of a discussion that focused on improving math instruction, while weeding out nonessential concepts and skills, Ian Quillen writes in this blog post. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • High-school students earn college credits in Calif. district program
    Vacaville Unified School District in California is joining dozens of other districts around the state to allow high-school students to earn up to 60 college credit hours before graduation. The Early College High School program is aimed primarily at student populations with low graduation rates in high school and college, and will focus on increasing the number of math and science courses students take before graduation, education officials say. The Reporter (Vacaville, Calif.) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Educators consider testing changes required by common core
    California superintendents are looking at how assessments under the Common Core State Standards will demand changes in classroom instruction and elsewhere. Under the standards, fewer grades will be tested and students will be asked to think more critically on standardized exams, state education officials say. Some superintendents note that they welcome the change as they will be able to compare student achievement to national data. The Sierra Star (Oakhurst, Calif.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  STEM 
  • Minn. teens gather for state STEM summit
    For the fifth consecutive year, St. Cloud State University welcomed high-school students from across central Minnesota for its STEM Summit with more than 50 science, technology, engineering and math exhibits. "This is a very hands-on experience, and that's what engages the students," said Doug Paulson, STEM specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. "Years ago, there were only 37 STEM schools in the state, and now we're at 120ish. The programs are really growing." St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Technology has become commonplace in Ill. school district
    Technology is playing a larger role in how students learn -- both in and out of school -- educators say in one Illinois school district. All students in District 67 have Google accounts, and some students are using Google Apps in the classroom. However, students with such accounts are kept safe, educators say, because their access is restricted and students can only e-mail people within their own school. Lake Forester (Ill.) (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • New book connects the NCTM Process Standards to the CCSSM practices
      
    A new title from NCTM, Connecting the NCTM Process Standards & the CCSSM Practices, focuses on the Standards for Mathematical Practice set out in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Although CCSSM features these standards prominently, they are not described in detail and are not integrated into CCSSM's Standards for Mathematical Content. As a result, they are easy to overlook or ignore. By connecting CCSSM to previous standards and practices, including NCTM's, this book provides a valuable guide for teachers and administrators in implementing CCSSM to make mathematics education the best and most effective for all students. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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