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February 28, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • National survey offers snapshot of math, science education
    Students in grades K-6 spend less time learning about math and science than language arts, according to a recent national survey of 7,800 math and science teachers. Data show that while nearly 100% of high schools surveyed offer biology and life sciences, less than 25% offer engineering classes. The findings also reveal that an equal proportion of girls and boys take advanced math classes, but more girls enroll in advanced science courses. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Parameters of math competitions affect girls' performance
    Girls perform on par or even better than boys in math competitions when time constraints are removed or a competition lasts more than one round, according to a recent study. "It's really encouraging that seemingly large gaps disappear just by keeping [girls] in the game longer," professor of economics and study co-author Joe Price said, noting that the finding might have implications for getting more women to pursue careers in competitive work environments. Forbes/Entrepreneurs (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ill. school districts inform parents about possible drop in scores
    Education officials in two Illinois school districts are taking steps to prepare parents for a potential slip in math scores on state standardized exams now that the bar has been raised in anticipation of the Common Core State Standards. "What we really want is to make sure the community understands that this doesn't mean that our students are learning less," said Kathy Horvath, assistant superintendent for the Northbrook School District 28. "We want to make sure that parents really understand and expect this, so they don't feel too bad about it." Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech luminaries urge schools to provide programming courses
    A nonprofit computer science organization is calling on schools to introduce and expand programming curricula and is getting help from the most successful in the industry, including Bill Gates and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The two tech titans are starring in's first video marketing effort. According to the group, only 1 in 10 U.S. schools offer computer science courses. Reuters (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • N.J. governor's budget includes school-choice pilot program
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's budget plan includes a pilot program that extends school choice to students attending failing schools. Under the $2 million program, families have the option of applying for grants, which can be used to enroll students in other public or private schools. Funded by corporate tax credits, the plan would provide scholarships for up to 10% of students in qualifying districts. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • New online resource for the middle grades
    Real World Math, an online NCTM resource for middle-grades mathematics teachers, connects math to the real world. With more than 150 articles, lesson plans, and activities, this valuable resource can truly help engage students. Learn more and find out how to purchase this exciting new NCTM resource! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Tips for teachers: tools and technology
    Survey materials that you have on hand. Learn to write grant proposals to obtain materials for the classroom. Make the learning experience in your classroom multisensory. Let students choose the tools they think will help them solve problems. Read about these tips and more with tips about tools and technology. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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