A Progress Report on the Common Core
Has implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
for Mathematics boosted state math performance on the National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)? This past Tuesday,
the Brookings Institution began addressing that question with
a progress report.
In examining whether more recent NAEP results fit some earlier
projections, "A Progress Report on the Common Core" compares
the NAEP performances of states with differing demographics and
varying degrees of CCSS implementation.
Brookings Institution's progress report comprises the last of
three parts of its Brown Center's thirteenth annual Report on
American Education. For analyses of the state of homework in
the nation, and of Shanghai's treatment in the Programme for
International Student Assessment (PISA), see
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"I was so impatient, I misread the problem, and had to start
over again. Next time, I will take my teachers'
- Kai, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution
MathMovesU Grants for Teachers and Schools
Are you a secondary math teacher or volunteer who works with
middle or high school students? Do you know someone whose
innovative methods promote student enthusiasm and achievement
in the subject? Then apply or nominate that math hero for a
Raytheon's flagship science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) program will give up to three awards of $2,500 to a Math
Hero in each of
MathMovesU will give an additional five awards of $2,500 each
to recipients outside of those states. The school where each
recipient works — or another approved math-related nonprofit
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Download and complete the application before the deadline of
Wednesday, 9 April.
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"Congratulations to @themathforum, recognized by @atmopav with
Contribution to Math Ed award! #tmc13"
- Bob Lochel, Second Vice-President of the Association of
Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity,
tweeted to @themathforum
Just in time for March Madness, FiveThirtyEight relaunched
Monday under the auspices of sports entertainment company
ESPN — with an expanded scope that now includes science.
Statistician Nate Silver founded fivethirtyeight.com in the
run-up to the 2008 US Presidential elections, naming it after
the number of electors in the US Electoral College. Promising
to "make news a little nerdier," the relaunched site will
re-balance its coverage, applying its quantitative analysis to
developments in science as well as the latest in economics
At the re-vamped "data journalism site," the first
"interactive" reveals its predictions and forecasting model for
the men's college basketball tournament of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), now underway.
Yesterday, FiveThirtyEight posted a science "datalab" titled
"Ocean Debris And the Search for the Malaysia Airlines Plane."
Current science features include
How Statisticians Could Help Find That Missing Plane
This Winter Wasn't the Coldest, But It Was One of the
Toilet Seat Covers: To Use or Not to Use