Thursday, April 22, 2010
While at NCTM this week in chilly San Diego, the common core authors have let it be known that the final draft will not be ready to late May or early June.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Education Week: Will We Ever Learn?
Why do all students need to learn the quadratic formula???
Although many states want to make the course a requirement for graduating from high school, there appears to be no need to do so. Northeastern University sociologist Michael Handel has found that only 9 percent of people in the workforce ever use this knowledge, and that fewer than 20 percent of managerial, professional, or technical workers report using any Algebra 2 material. In fact, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy shows that more than 20 percent of adults (and about 50 percent of minority adults) never learn fractions well enough to apply them to common tasks. When we fixate on Algebra 2’s polynomial functions, command and depth of knowledge are sacrificed for ill-learned, and quickly forgotten, breadth.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Race to Top Assessment Consortia: Comparability is Key
And then there was ... 2 or maybe 1 national assessment (s).
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
How Much Do Career- and College-Readiness Overlap?
There is certainly an overlap, says ACTE Executive Director Jan Bray, but the skills sets are not identical.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
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Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (University of Chicago) Response to the Common Core Standards Initiative
Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (University of Chicago) Response to the Common Core Standards Initiative.
On March 10, 2010 the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, Achieve, and other organizations issued draft Common Core Standards (CCS) for K-12 mathematics and reading. We at CEMSE have examined the mathematics standards for Grades K-6 and have found them to be seriously flawed. If we are to have national standards, then those standards should be designed to prepare students for life in the 21st century. We believe that the proposed CCS standards for mathematics in Grades K-6 would promote a back-to-basics curriculum that ignores the profound changes that have taken place in the last 50 years. CCS’s largely paper-and-pencil approach to mathematics in K-6 is obsolete. See the full report here.
We believe CCS’s K-6 mathematics standards have seven serious shortcomings:
- An overemphasis on paper-and-pencil arithmetic.
- Inadequate exposure to concepts of data and probability.
- A disregard of existing and emerging technology.
- An outmoded approach to geometry.
- A neglect of applications of mathematics.
- An interpretation of “focus” that ignores how people learn.
- An overemphasis on teaching by telling.
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