21 March, 2014
Volume 19 No. 12
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In This Issue

A Progress Report on the Common Core

MathMovesU Grants for Teachers and Schools

FiveThirtyEight Relaunches


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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' advice seriously."
- 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 MathMovesU grant!

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

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Virginia

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 organization of the recipient's choice — gets a matching award of $2,500.

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

FiveThirtyEight Relaunches


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 and lifestyle.

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 Most Miserable
  • Toilet Seat Covers: To Use or Not to Use


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