1 November, 2013
Volume 18 No. 44
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ERIC's Big Release

STEM Central Opening Up

Tune into the Nation's Report Card Live Webinar Thursday


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Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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ERIC's Big Release


The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) last week announced its efforts to bring over a quarter million education articles and reports back online.

Formerly omitted due to privacy, more than 72,000 PDFs have already rejoined the nationwide information network's database for full text download, including peer-reviewed materials and all releasable documents published from 2005 onward.

Regular sources on math education run the gamut:

  • ACT, Inc.
  • Australian Senior Mathematics Journal
  • Mathematics Education Research Journal
  • Mathematics Educator
  • National Council on Teacher Quality
  • Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
  • What Works Clearinghouse
  • ... and many more

Search by publication date and type, education level, authors, descriptors such as "teaching methods" and "abstract reasoning"; or drill down and around ERIC's thesaurus, which lists dozens of subcategories and related terms for mathematics:


Founded by the Department of Education in 1966, ERIC receives funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to acquire, catalog, summarize, and provide access to education information.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"See? Once you take the time to write and do the whole problem and really understand it, then it isn't even that hard! I know that sounds hard though, so I'll do a different way, too...."
- Jordan, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

STEM Central Opening Up


A free new site dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opens up for submissions, ratings, and reviews Monday.

Come to STEM Central and contribute favorite web resources of your own, add ratings and reviews, and share tips on classroom usage about the hundreds of educational articles, videos, maps, animations, and other media already seeded in the math category:


Sally Ride Science, founded by America's first woman in space, launched STEM Central last month. The company, which also administers the NASA-backed Sally Ride EarthKAM educational outreach program, provides college and career readiness training and tools "to build students' passion for STEM fields and careers."

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"@MFAnnie we were too busy driving home from #dcprobsolv Did you make it on TV?"
- @themathforum, tweeted to @MFAnnie

Tune into the Nation's Report Card Live Webinar Thursday


How well are U.S. students performing in mathematics? Join the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) on 7 November, at 10 AM (ET) for a live webinar release of The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics and Reading 2013, Grades 4 and 8.

As with the webinar for the last Nation's Report Card, highlighted in these pages two years ago, this Thursday's event will feature a panel of experts taking an in-depth look at national and state-level data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on what fourth- and eighth-grade students know and can do in mathematics and reading.

Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), will present the data. He will be joined by the Honorable Leticia Van De Putte, a Texas State Senator; William D. Waidelich, Executive Director of the Association for Middle Level Education; and Cornelia Orr, Executive Director of NAGB, who will serve as moderator of the panel.

This report card will also, for the first time, show mathematics and reading results side by side. Videos will provide guidance on exploring and interpreting results that reveal how students are performing in these subject areas, based on race and ethnicity, gender, income level, and additional contextual factors.

Register for free here:



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