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the November e blast - mathematics
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To all,

Here is the mathematics part of the November e blast from SED

Hope it helps.

As always,
Grace Wilkie

MathematicsNCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant
The New York State Education Department administers this competitive grant
program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics
and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of
classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the
science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) departments in
institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement
efforts. Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010. More
information and an application may be accessed online at **

Abstracts of currently funded projects may be accessed online at * *

US Department of Defense to Award SMART Scholarships

The USDOD's Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART)
Scholarship program's overarching goal is promoting the education,
recruitment, and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate
students enrolled in STEM disciplines. 300 scholarships are expected to be
awarded this year worth a total of $45 million. Applications must be
received by December 15, 2009. For more information, go to
A New Mathematics Resource from the Center on Instruction The Center on
Instruction announced a new resource entitled Identifying Professional
Development Needs in Mathematics: A Planning Tool for Grades 3-7 . This
resource identifies professional development needs specific to mathematics.
It includes a series of guiding questions that help districts evaluate their
existing programs and identify professional development activities that meet
their needs. A Word version of the tool itself is provided for easy use. For
more Information visit

NCTM Releases New Mathematics PublicationThe National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM), has released a new publication, "Focus in High School
Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making." The document suggests practical
changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on
reasoning and sense making. This shift is not a minor refinement but
constitutes a substantial rethinking of the high school math curriculum.
NCTM's new publication urges grounding all students in mathematics that
connects them with real-world situations. According to NCTM, the more each
mathematics lesson builds on the previous lesson and each year's math
experience builds on the previous year's, the more students will be able to
learn and retain as they progress from prekindergarten through college.
Focusing on reasoning and sense making has the potential to streamline the
curriculum and make it more powerful and effective. "Focus in High School
Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making" is a conceptual framework to guide
the development of future publications and tools related to 9-12 mathematics
curriculum and instruction. The document highlights reasoning opportunities
in five specific content areas of the high school mathematics curriculum:
Reasoning with Numbers and Measurements, Reasoning with Algebraic Symbols,
Reasoning with Functions, Reasoning with Geometry, and Reasoning with
Statistics and Probability. For more information and resources, visit
Mathematics and Science Partnership - Weekly News Visit the weekly
Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) news website at . This site includes a library of educational
research in science and mathematics education.
Curriculum Guidance for Grades 3-8 Mathematics At their June meeting, the
Board of Regents made a policy decision to implement a new administration
schedule for the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests to
start in this upcoming school year. As a consequence, the 2009-10
Elementary- and Intermediate-level testing schedule has undergone several
changes. For curriculum guidance for the revised Grades 3-8 Mathematics
Testing Program, go to .
Please use this guidance to ensure that your local curriculum sequencing is
aligned with the May administration of the Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests.
NOTE: The first administration of the 3-8 Mathematics Tests in May 2010, and
ONLY this administration, will include post March performance indicators of
the previous year through April of the current year. You may direct any
questions that arise in connection with this rescheduling to the Office of
State Assessment at .
Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Test Sampler Now AvailableThe new Algebra 2 and
Trigonometry Test Sampler and Scoring Guide are now available for the
Regents Examination in Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. The first administration
of this examination is in June 2010. This Test Sampler consists of examples
of the types of questions, the formatting, and the scoring guides that are
being developed for the examination. To view the sampler and scoring guide
Update! Cohort 2006 Section of Regents Diploma Requirements for Math The
section for the cohort of 2006 within the Regents Diploma Requirements for
Mathematics chart has been updated. This cohort has been combined with 2007
to reflect the current implementation of the Mathematics Core Curriculum
(Revised 2005) and the administration of the Regents Examinations in
Mathematics. In order to fulfill the mathematics portion of a Regents
Diploma, students must earn three units of commencement-level mathematics
credit and pass one Regents examination in mathematics.

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