5 July, 2013
Volume 18 No. 27
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The Nation's Report Card: 2012 Trends

Toshiba America Foundation Grants


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree




Last week, we hosted a summer institute for our Emerging Communities for Mathematical Practices and Assessment (EnCoMPASS) project. The professional development inspired many 2013-14 EnCoMPASS Fellows to take to social media — and in several cases, to begin tweeting and blogging for the first time.

Math teacher participants who have already blogged (or launched a blog!) to reflect on EnCoMPASS include

One EnCoMPASS fellow's luggage made the trip to Philadelphia without her, so one of our co-ops served as her virtual "chauffeur," enabling Sue to participate remotely. Casey, a Sophomore at Drexel University majoring in Secondary Mathematics Education, blogged about the EnCoMPASS experience in her own words, too:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Would somebody please take photos of the definitions at the start of Euclid Book VII and email them to me please?"
- Jonathan, posted to the math-teach discussion

The Nation's Report Card: 2012 Trends


The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) last week released a new report about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

"The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012" presents the results of the NAEP long-term trend assessments in mathematics administered during the 2011-12 school year to 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students.

The Executive Summary highlights two results in particular: the gains made by the nation's elementary and middle school students; and the narrowing of racial/ethnic and gender gaps. The full, 58-page report provides trend results in terms of average scale scores, percentiles, and five performance levels. Item maps for each age group illustrate skills demonstrated by students when responding to assessment questions. See also the scale score results for students by selected background characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, gender, and type of school:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Oregon is set to start a pilot program where you go to college for free and pay back 3% of your income for 24 years. I would like to be convinced that public colleges still have the ability to provide the college experience (we remember) but I am not holding my breath."
- Bob, posted to the math-teach discussion

Toshiba America Foundation Grants


Passionate about making mathematics more engaging for your students in grades 6-12? The Toshiba America Foundation is currently accepting applications for grants of more than $5,000.

See the Toshiba America Foundation site for past recipients, teacher resources, and more — and apply before the deadline of Thursday, 1 August!


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