20 December, 2013
Volume 18 No. 51
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Results of 2013 Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment

2014 Beckenbach Book

Foldable Calendar Polyhedral Models


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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
  • 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

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 Rigorous Calculus
  • 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:

  • cones
  • rhombic prisms
  • triangular prisms
  • pentagonal antiprisms
  • tetrahedra
  • right pyramids
  • oblique pyramids
  • octahedra
  • rhombohedra
  • delta-dodecahedra
  • triangular prisms
  • hexagonal prisms
  • tetrahedra
  • flexi-tetrahedra


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