2 December, 2011
Volume 16 No. 48
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PNC Christmas Price Index


Results of 2011 Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


PNC Christmas Price Index


For the past 28 years, PNC Wealth Management has illustrated the cost of all the gifts involved in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

This year, PNC has created a website that takes children on a model train journey through a winter wonderland setting. Along the way, interactive gifts help present concepts such as inflation and other economic trends.

PNC's partner, The Stock Market Game™, provides accompanying lesson plans in English and Spanish:


Of the 12 gifts, four cost the same this year as they did last year:

  • Three French Hens
  • Eight Maids-a-Milking
  • Nine Ladies Dancing
  • Ten Lords-a-Leaping

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"Then, after looking closer at the illustration, I realized that the bottom section of the tree, the point from the trunk to the tip of the fallen half, and the fallen upper half all made a triangle, and the first words out of my mouth were 'I have no idea how to do this.' I asked my parents and they said, 'Easy, use the Pythagorean Theorem.' With renewed vigor, I set about attempting to solve the equation until I had the epiphany that I barely know algebra. My first muddling of the equation was...."
- Chase, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution



STEMConnector™ launched Wednesday. This "one-stop shop for who's doing what in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math" has already identified and profiled more than 2,700 national, state, local and Federal STEM organizations.

Click the tab labeled "STEM Directory" to browse by categories such as resources, which includes

  • in-school programs
  • mentoring
  • after-school programs
  • out-of-school time programs
  • competitions/contests
  • funding/in-kind resources
  • digital training/learning
  • scholarships

The "State By State" tab offers report cards that highlight key findings regarding jobs data, STEM diversity, and educational rankings:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I was unable to come up with a counterexample when my students asked. It doesn't seem like statement III has to be true, but I can't think of a situation where I and II are, but III isn't."
- Kristin, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Results of 2011 Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment


Join the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) on Wednesday, 7 December, at 10 AM (ET) for a live webinar release of the 2011 Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) at Grades 4 and 8.

The results for each of the 21 cities participating in TUDA will include comparisons to large cities and the nation, and achievement gap data by racial/ethnic group, income level, and gender. These results expand on recently released National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data showing the highest average mathematics scores to date, mixed results for reading achievement, and states' progress in closing achievement gaps.

The districts that participated are:

  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Austin Independent School District
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Boston School District
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • Hillsborough County (FL) Public Schools
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Jefferson County Public Schools (KY)
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • New York City Public Schools
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • San Diego Unified School District

Register to stream next Wednesday's webcast here:


To review results from earlier TUDA assessments, visit



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