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December 14, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Standards for determining if math students are "college ready"
    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, one of the national consortia preparing tests for the Common Core State Standards, has selected an approach for determining college readiness in math. Part of the group's recommendation calls for tests to be given at the end of three major math sequences. Students who score high enough on those tests will be deemed "college ready." Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Making the most of interactive whiteboards
    In some classrooms, interactive whiteboards go unused or are used as a place to hang posters and student work. To make the most of the devices, experts suggest schools identify teachers who are excited about the technology as "early adopters" and make training relevant. It's also important, experts say in this article, to ensure that teachers have clear goals for the devices. "The goal should be student-centered instruction, moving past using it as a glorified overhead projector," said Shayla Rexrode, manager of education solutions for SMART Technologies, a whiteboard manufacturer. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had shows teachers how to make math class more like the playful, creative, and captivating experience mathematicians describe. Author Tracy Zager tackles big ideas and instructional decisions, drawing on years of work with amazing teachers from across the country. Click here for details!
  • Strategies to boost math scores
    The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study has revealed some key characteristics that set top-performing nations apart. For example, Singapore's math curriculum is adjusted frequently and teachers receive swift training and resources to implement the changes, said Michael Martin, co-director of the International Study Center at Boston College, which administered the TIMSS. Nations with systems that allow for quick implementation of new learning trends also did well, he said. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
  • Are Wash. high-school students taking too many exit exams?
    To graduate from high school in Washington state, students must pass five exit exams -- algebra, geometry, biology, reading and writing. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is suggesting a change to three amid concerns that requiring five tests for graduation is too much, especially with Common Core State Standards set to roll out in 2015. "That's too much time from instruction, too much time out of the classroom for assessment, and I believe it's too much money invested in it," Dorn said. KUOW-FM (Seattle) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. collaborative to expand regional STEM education, job training
    The University of Memphis, through the creation of a regional science, technology, engineering and math collaborative, is broadening its reach in STEM education and preparing high-school students for the jobs of tomorrow. "The university is keenly aware of the need for STEM education on the high school and college levels, and for a number of years now, we have been actively involved in efforts to increase STEM education among students in this area," University of Memphis President Shirley Raines said in a statement. American City Business Journals (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah STEM education to get boost in proposed state budget
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is requesting an additional $298 million for education in the state's annual budget, with some earmarked for programs dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math. For example, $5 million would go to enhance STEM education in grades 4 to 8, and $4.5 million to create resources for all grade levels. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • NYC schools look within to find future school leaders
    New York City's Education Department is looking internally to develop the next generation of school leaders, writes Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department's chief academic officer. Polakow-Suransky writes in this blog post that the district is looking for leaders, in which educators receive training and support needed to become effective principals. One such path, the Aspiring Principals Program, now has become a national model that has been replicated in other districts, he writes. (New York) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Authentic tasks in a standards-based world
    Standards have helped improve mathematics teaching and learning. Unfortunately, they are misconstrued as all encompassing -- as a compendium of all the mathematics content that can and should be taught to students. Such a view can be limiting. As mathematics teachers, we should use standards to guide instruction, but we also need to understand that standards are not the be-all and end-all of school mathematics. Read more in the latest free preview article in "Mathematics Teacher," NCTM's journal for grades 8 to 14. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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