Results of 2013 Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment
The 2013 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) came out
Wednesday. A research report of the Department of Education's
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), TUDA measures
progress in America's urban school districts from the 2013
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading
and mathematics at grades 4 and 8.
Wednesday's analysis takes the 21 cities that participate in
TUDA, and compares each of them to other large cities, as well
as to the nation. It also includes achievement gap data by
racial/ethnic group, income level, and gender. Visit the
nationsreportcard.gov website to access complete results,
see district snapshots, generate customized summary reports,
and create summary and custom data tables of fourth- and
eighth-grade math performances in
Albuquerque Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools
Austin Independent School District
Baltimore City Public Schools
Boston School District
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
Three panelists for the National Assessment Governing Board
(NAGB) issued statements about the 2013 TUDA: a fourth grade
teacher from Los Angeles, the Republican majority whip of the
Florida State Senate, and the Executive Director of the
Council of the Great City Schools.
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Edward M. from ASU Preparatory Academy Polytechnic noticed
that the number of candles each night is one more than the
night before, and he wrote out a table. Lillian L. from Mesa
Union Junior High wrote an equation to help her describe the
pattern. I included Tatsuki's solution because he added up the
numbers using a very useful formula...."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution
2014 Beckenbach Book
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) recently awarded
its Beckenbach Book prize to a title that "reveals the
creativity that has produced the mathematics we see as the
finished product in textbooks."
The first part of A Historian Looks Back: The Calculus as
Algebra and Selected Writings focuses on Joseph-Louis
Lagrange's pioneering effort to reduce the calculus to algebra.
The second part consists of ten articles — six of which won
awards from the MAA for expository excellence — such as
Who gave you the Epsilon? Cauchy and the Origins of
Descartes and Problem-solving
Why Should Historical Truth Matter to Mathematicians?
Dispelling Myths while Promoting Maths
Why did Lagrange "Prove" the Parallel Postulate?
See the table of contents, read an excerpt, and order this book
from the MAA here:
Named for the late Edwin Beckenbach, a professor of mathematics
and long-time leader in the publications program of the MAA,
the Beckenbach Book Prize for 2014 recognizes author Judith V.
Grabiner, the Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics at
Pitzer College, for her "distinguished, innovative book."
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Foldable Calendar Polyhedral Models
Want a 2014 calendar to ring in the new year mathematically? Or
a timely manipulative to engage your geometry students? Or a
last-minute handmade gift for the geek-who-has-everything?
Download a polyhedron net and fold up your own
three-dimensional, 365-day calendar!
British publishers Cleave Books offer these 3-D models
formatted to print out on standard 8.5" × 11" paper: