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February 11, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Benchmarking leads to higher math scores in some Mo. schools
    Two Missouri school districts have posted higher scores in math on state standardized exams since adopting the benchmarking approach in which students must demonstrate proficiency in a skill or concept before moving on to the next one. While the change has prompted more confidence in some students, it hasn't made all students like math or inspired them to enroll in higher-level math classes. Still, educators emphasize the benefits, including higher ACT scores, better transitions to college math and workforce preparation. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Teachers understand benefits of classroom technology
    Technology benefits classroom instruction, according to 74% of teachers who responded to a recent PBS LearningMedia survey. Among the benefits cited by teachers are the ability to expand content, motivate students and provide more individualized instruction, Katrina Schwartz writes in this blog post, which includes links to other articles on technology and education. About 65% of teachers say technology allows them to present information in ways that otherwise would be impossible. blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tech expert argues for math curriculum changes
    Math is essential in day-to-day living, jobs in technical fields and logical thought, says Conrad Wolfram, an innovator in technology and founder of Conrad, who has contracted with the Estonian government to revamp the math curriculum there, says understanding computer programming and re-imaging math assessments are two important pieces in the transition to modern math. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Md. district superintendent seeks break from standardized tests
    Joshua P. Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, is calling for a three-year moratorium on standardized tests to focus on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. While the common core, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, is an important and worthy change, he writes in this opinion article, its implementation has not been given the full focus it deserves by school district officials. The Washington Post (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Middle-schoolers explore engineering through reservoir project
    Students in the science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM -- club at Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro, Ore., are learning about engineering by observing the construction of a $26 million drinking water reservoir project and conducting interactive water projects with their teacher. The students take regular field trips to the construction site and ask questions of engineers overseeing the project. "Some of the questions they ask are so advanced that it catches me off guard," said Brad Phelps, an engineer on the project. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Duncan: $2.8B in funds made available due to NCLB waivers
    The decision to waive parts of the federal education law for 34 states and the District of Columbia allowed the federal government to provide about $2.8 billion in funding for schools, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday during a hearing in the U.S. Senate. The hearing comes as lawmakers are considering the future of No Child Left Behind, which has expired. Republicans on the committee criticized the conditions placed on the waivers as federal authority over schools, though Duncan characterized the measures as ensuring accountability. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM publications now on LinkedIn
    We have added several of NCTM’s professional development books to our products listing on LinkedIn. The books we have selected serve as excellent resources for all, ranging from the preservice teacher to the experienced mathematics educator. View the entire list. Have you already had success with one of these products? Be sure to recommend it! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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