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2 December, 2011 Vol. 16, No. 48

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

PNC Christmas Price Index | STEMConnector
Results of 2011 Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment

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PNC CHRISTMAS PRICE INDEX

http://www.pncchristmaspriceindex.com/

For the past 28 years, PNC Wealth Management has illustrated
the cost of all the gifts involved in the song "The Twelve
Days of Christmas."

This year, PNC has created a website that takes children on a
model train journey through a winter wonderland setting.
Along the way, interactive gifts help present concepts such as
inflation and other economic trends.

PNC's partner, The Stock Market Game(TM), provides accompanying
lesson plans in English and Spanish:

http://content.pncmc.com/live/pnc/microsite/CPI/2011/index.html#educators/activities

Of the 12 gifts, four cost the same this year as they did
last year:

- Three French Hens
- Eight Maids-a-Milking
- Nine Ladies Dancing
- Ten Lords-a-Leaping

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

"Then, after looking closer at the illustration, I realized
that the bottom section of the tree, the point from the trunk
to the tip of the fallen half, and the fallen upper half all
made a triangle, and the first words out of my mouth were 'I
have no idea how to do this.' I asked my parents and they said,
'Easy, use the Pythagorean Theorem.' With renewed vigor, I set
about attempting to solve the equation until I had the epiphany
that I barely know algebra. My first muddling of the
equation was...."

- Chase, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4003

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STEMCONNECTOR

http://www.stemconnector.org/

STEMConnector(TM) launched Wednesday. This "one-stop shop for
who's doing what in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math"
has already identified and profiled more than 2,700 national,
state, local and Federal STEM organizations.

Click the tab labeled "STEM Directory" to browse by categories
such as resources, which includes

- in-school programs
- mentoring
- after-school programs
- out-of-school time programs
- competitions/contests
- funding/in-kind resources
- digital training/learning
- scholarships

The "State By State" tab offers report cards that highlight key
findings regarding jobs data, STEM diversity, and
educational rankings:

http://www.stemconnector.org/state-by-state

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I was unable to come up with a counterexample when my students
asked. It doesn't seem like statement III has to be true, but I
can't think of a situation where I and II are, but III isn't.

- Kristin, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2320699

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RESULTS OF 2011 MATHEMATICS TRIAL URBAN DISTRICT ASSESSMENT

http://nationsreportcard.gov/

Join the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) on
Wednesday, 7 December, at 10 AM (ET) for a live webinar
release of the 2011 Mathematics Trial Urban District
Assessment (TUDA) at Grades 4 and 8.

The results for each of the 21 cities participating in TUDA
will include comparisons to large cities and the nation, and
achievement gap data by racial/ethnic group, income level, and
gender. These results expand on recently released National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data showing the
highest average mathematics scores to date, mixed results for
reading achievement, and states' progress in closing
achievement gaps.

The districts that participated are:

- Albuquerque Public Schools
- Atlanta Public Schools
- Austin Independent School District
- Baltimore City Public Schools
- Boston School District
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- Dallas Independent School District
- Detroit Public Schools
- District of Columbia Public Schools
- Fresno Unified School District
- Hillsborough County (FL) Public Schools
- Houston Independent School District
- Jefferson County Public Schools (KY)
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Milwaukee Public Schools
- New York City Public Schools
- School District of Philadelphia
- San Diego Unified School District

Register to stream next Wednesday's webcast here:

http://www.visualwebcaster.com/TUDA_2011

To review results from earlier TUDA assessments, visit

http://nationsreportcard.gov/tuda.asp

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For the past 28 years, PNC Wealth Management has illustrated
the cost of all the gifts involved in the song "The Twelve
Days of Christmas."
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This year, PNC has created a website that takes children on a
model train journey through a winter wonderland setting.
Along the way, interactive gifts help present concepts such as
inflation and other economic trends.
</p>
<p>
PNC's partner, The Stock Market Game&trade;, provides accompanying
lesson plans in English and Spanish:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://content.pncmc.com/live/pnc/microsite/CPI/2011/index.html#educators/activities">http://content.pncmc.com/live/pnc/microsite/CPI/</a><br><a href="http://content.pncmc.com/live/pnc/microsite/CPI/2011/index.html#educators/activities">2011/index.html#educators/activities</a></p>
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Of the 12 gifts, four cost the same this year as they did
last year:
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Three French Hens
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Eight Maids-a-Milking
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Nine Ladies Dancing
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Ten Lords-a-Leaping
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"Then, after looking closer at the illustration, I realized
that the bottom section of the tree, the point from the trunk
to the tip of the fallen half, and the fallen upper half all
made a triangle, and the first words out of my mouth were 'I
have no idea how to do this.' I asked my parents and they said,
'Easy, use the Pythagorean Theorem.' With renewed vigor, I set
about attempting to solve the equation until I had the epiphany
that I barely know algebra. My first muddling of the
equation was...."
<dd>
- Chase, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
<dd>
<a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4003">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4003</a>
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state, local and Federal STEM organizations.
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<li>
scholarships
</li>
</ul>
<p>
The "State By State" tab offers report cards that highlight key
findings regarding jobs data, STEM diversity, and
educational rankings:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.stemconnector.org/state-by-state">http://www.stemconnector.org/state-by-state</a></p>
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"I was unable to come up with a counterexample when my students
asked. It doesn't seem like statement III has to be true, but I
can't think of a situation where I and II are, but III isn't.
<dd>
- Kristin, posted to the ap-calculus discussion
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2320699">http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2320699</a>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Results of 2011 Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment </font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://nationsreportcard.gov/">http://nationsreportcard.gov/</a>
</p>
<p>
Join the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) on
Wednesday, 7 December, at 10 AM (ET) for a live webinar
release of the 2011 Mathematics Trial Urban District
Assessment (TUDA) at Grades 4 and 8.
</p>
<p>
The results for each of the 21 cities participating in TUDA
will include comparisons to large cities and the nation, and
achievement gap data by racial/ethnic group, income level, and
gender. These results expand on recently released National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data showing the
highest average mathematics scores to date, mixed results for
reading achievement, and states' progress in closing
achievement gaps.
</p>
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The districts that participated are:
</p>
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<li>
Albuquerque Public Schools
</li>
<li>
Atlanta Public Schools
</li>
<li>
Austin Independent School District
</li>
<li>
Baltimore City Public Schools
</li>
<li>
Boston School District
</li>
<li>
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
</li>
<li>
Chicago Public Schools
</li>
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Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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Dallas Independent School District
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District of Columbia Public Schools
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Hillsborough County (FL) Public Schools
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Houston Independent School District
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Jefferson County Public Schools (KY)
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Los Angeles Unified School District
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Miami-Dade County Public Schools
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Milwaukee Public Schools
</li>
<li>
New York City Public Schools
</li>
<li>
School District of Philadelphia
</li>
<li>
San Diego Unified School District
</li>
</ul>
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Register to stream next Wednesday's webcast here:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.visualwebcaster.com/TUDA_2011">http://www.visualwebcaster.com/TUDA_2011</a></p>
<p>
To review results from earlier TUDA assessments, visit
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://nationsreportcard.gov/tuda.asp">http://nationsreportcard.gov/tuda.asp</a></p>
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