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December 12, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Gift-buying project offers lessons in money matters for N.C. students
    About 120 Apex, N.C., sixth-graders set out to buy $100 in presents for three boys and three girls as part of an Angel Tree project. Teachers, however, used the opportunity to teach the students about calculating discounts, taxes and other money-related matters. "Each student was assigned a role: team leader, map reader, calculator, checker or timekeeper," said math teacher Karla Mullen. The Cary News (N.C.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • Ohio school uses online learning to fill achievement gaps
    At Winton Woods High School in Forest Park, Ohio, ninth- and 10th-graders who need additional help in math can enroll in "math lab" as an elective. The program, which uses Khan Academy resources, has proven especially popular among students because it uses a gaming format. "Just like in a video game, if you step off the path, you have to go back to the beginning," said intervention specialist Amy Uecker. "And because they're used to video games, the students don't get frustrated." WXIX-TV (Cincinnati) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. school officials credit pre-K programs for high math scores
    North Carolina fourth-graders are among the top eight school systems around the world who scored higher than the test and U.S. national average on international tests of math and science achievement, according to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study released this week by the National Center for Education Statistics. School officials credit early-childhood education as a major contributor to students' higher achievement in mathematics. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Should the U.S. halt standardized tests for 3 years?
    The U.S. should enact a three-year moratorium on standardized tests, said Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County, Md., schools. Starr, speaking during a newspaper panel on Monday, also said the country is trying to implement too many education reforms at once, including the Common Core State Standards, Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers, Valerie Strauss writes in this blog post. Starr also said that evaluating teachers based on student test scores should be stopped, calling the practice "bad science," she writes. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  STEM 
  • Texas superintendent makes STEM education a top priority
    Michael McFarland, superintendent of the Lancaster school system in Texas has made science, technology, engineering and math education one of the top priorities of his tenure, including plans to transform all school campuses into hubs for STEM learning. "Our current education system, the way it is now, it's not happening," McFarland said. To change the course, "we've designed a model that will expose kids in pre-K through high school to STEM," he added. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Va. officials consider expansion of district gifted program
    Fairfax County, Va., school officials have proposed a plan to expand the district's programming options for students who are gifted. The district's population of students who are gifted has tripled in the past decade, and officials say opening additional centers for gifted education across the district would help reduce overcrowding. However, some parents say their input wasn't sought until late in the process in what they consider a "redistricting" plan and now are calling for a delay in action. The Washington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Proportional reasoning and the visually impaired
      
    Proportional reasoning is an important aspect of formal thinking that is acquired during the developmental years that approximate the middle grades of schooling. Students who fail to acquire sound proportional reasoning often experience difficulties in subjects that require quantitative thinking, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is the topic of the latest free preview article from NCTM's middle school journal, "Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Register for NCTM's new common core institute
      
    Online registration is now open for Cutting to the "Common Core" in Mathematics -- a new interactive institute for grade 6-8 educators. Join us in Orlando, Feb. 27 to 28, to learn strategies that will help you align your instruction with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and to increase your knowledge of mathematics content related to the common core domains for the middle grades. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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