A blog for concerned math educators from across NJ with respect to the state's mathematics standards and the NJDOE math task force.

## Saturday, October 31, 2009

### Faith in Common Standards Not Enough

## Friday, October 30, 2009

## Thursday, October 29, 2009

## Wednesday, October 28, 2009

## Monday, October 26, 2009

### Ted Sizer dies

# The Forum Mourns the Loss of Convener and Mentor Ted Sizer

It is with great sadness that we at The Forum share with you the news of the death of our friend and mentor, Ted Sizer. Ted lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday while at home with his family.

## Saturday, October 24, 2009

## Thursday, October 22, 2009

## Monday, October 19, 2009

### State of Mind

## Wednesday, October 14, 2009

### 2009 NAEP

Highlights of the national results show that gains in overall average scores seen in earlier years did not continue at grade 4 but did continue at grade 8. While still higher than the scores in the six assessment years from 1990 to 2005, the overall average score for fourth-graders in 2009 was unchanged from the score in 2007. The upward trend seen in earlier assessments for eighth-graders continued with a 2-point increase from 2007 to 2009. There were no significant changes from 2007 to 2009 in the score gaps between White and Black students or between White and Hispanic students at either grade 4 or grade 8. State results for grade 4 show score increases since 2007 in 8 states and decreases in 4 states and jurisdictions. At grade 8, scores were higher in 2009 than in 2007 in 15 states and jurisdictions, and no states showed a decline. |

## Tuesday, October 13, 2009

### Project MIND

“Unfortunately, that’s happening in our schools too often,” Su said. “They are just teaching rules after rules, and children are just learning rules without understanding math.”

## Friday, October 9, 2009

### Education Week: Standards Aren't Enough

Great article about common core and how revised curriculum and assessment must follow the standards.

## Thursday, October 8, 2009

### Education Week: 'Common Core' Standards Earn a B From Think Tank

Note that this is the same neo-conservative group that gave NJ a "D" on our math standards and California an "A". Note also that those grades are the complete opposite of the performance of NJ and CA students on the NAEP assessments.

## Tuesday, October 6, 2009

### Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making

Go online to learn more about Focus in High School Mathematics.

A set of Q&As and the news release are also posted online. You can purchase the book in print or electronic form, view sample pages, and download the Executive Summary as well as outreach brochures for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and families.

The first in a series of companion books will be published later this month. This book, Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making in Statistics and Probability, will be followed soon by books that offer examples of ways to make reasoning and sense making central in algebra and geometry.

## Monday, October 5, 2009

### Outraged

Jo Boaler, Marie Curie Professor, University of Sussex (England), formerly of Stanford, writes in the Fall 2009 NCSM Newsletter.

Antireformists have worked actively, effectively, and in some cases unethically to oppose any changes to math teaching, but how wide is their influence? I now believe the groups have not only organized campaigns against change, they have also created a fiction around their own importance and they do not well represent the public. Those of us who work as educators and know about children’s learning of mathematics need to question how groups who oppose change have managed to have such influence, we also need to be outraged by what they have done and continue to do.

Dr. Boaler’s sentiments above are very true especially with respect to the current issues in NJ. We have a small group of antireformists that we should be outraged by. I encourage all to read Dr. Boaler’s work and her new book, What’s Math Got to Do with It? I even mailed a copy to the Commissioner to read. I have several copies in my office. If you want one at no cost, just send me an email.

## Friday, October 2, 2009

## Thursday, October 1, 2009

### Economic competitiveness

__Popular Education and its Discontents__pp. 102-103.

### Education Week: Algebra 2 Test Yields Poor Results in Year II

States that voluntarily took part in a demanding test of advanced algebra skills, given for a second straight year, again saw large proportions of their students struggle with that math content. At least 80 percent of students in all 13 states that participated in the exam this spring failed to meet the test’s threshold for being repared for entry-level college math. That poor showing mirrored the results from last year, when the Algebra 2 test was first piloted. Four states also took part in a separate Algebra 1 test this year, and the scores were also weak.