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 2010-2013 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 * http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html*
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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 http://smart.asee.org/ ------------------------------ 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 http://centeroninstruction.org/resources.cfm?category=math&subcategory
------------------------------ 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 http://www.nctm.org/standards/default.aspx?id=58 ------------------------------ Mathematics and Science Partnership - Weekly News Visit the weekly Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) news website at http://hub.mspnet.org/ . 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 http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/elintmath.html . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . ------------------------------ 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 visit http://emsc.nysed.gov/osa/mathre/algebra2trigonometrysampler.pdf http://emsc.nysed.gov/osa/mathre/algebra2trigonometryscoringsampler.pdf ------------------------------ 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.