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22 March, 2013 Vol. 18, No. 12

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

The Math Forum at NCSM | The Math Forum at NCTM
2013 Brown Center Report on American Education

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Monday, 15 April, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (NCSM session 162)
Pressing Pause: An Online Professional Development Model
that Helps Teachers Take Time to Examine Student Thinking

Monday, 15 April, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NCSM session 188)
Noticing and Wondering as a Vehicle to Understanding
the Problem

Monday, 15 April, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NCSM session 189)
Ensure High-Quality Mathematics Instruction for All Students
Through Online Learning Communities That Bring the Standards
for Mathematical Practice to Life

Tuesday, 16 April, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM (NCSM session 205)
iPads: Creating Opportunities for Student Discourse

Tuesday, 16 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 244)
Notice and Wonder: Supporting Students to Engage and
Teachers to Use Student Thinking

Tuesday, 16 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 245)
Deepening Our Understanding of Elementary CCSS Mathematics
While Practicing Our Teaching

Wednesday, 17 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 352)
Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Helping Teachers Develop
Students' Math Communication Skills

Wednesday, 17 April, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM (NCSM session 382)
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THE MATH FORUM AT NCTM

http://mathforum.org/nctm/2013/present.html

Coming to the annual meeting of the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)? Check us out:

Tuesday, 16 April, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Research Presession)
Supporting Teachers' Understandings of Function through
Online PD

Friday, 19 April, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (NCTM session 482)
When Reasoning Matters: Using Mathematical Thinking to Make
Financial Decisions

Friday, 19 April, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (NCTM session 531)
Our iPad Story: Helping Our Students Develop Their Practice

Friday, 19 April, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (NCTM session 586)
Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Developing Students' Math
Communication Skills

Saturday, 20 April, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM (NCTM session 680)
An Invitation to Experience Online Lesson Study Firsthand

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"I have a freshman who moved here fom another country who
wants to skip A2/T and Pre-Calc and take AP Calculus. He said
he already learned all the material in his native country and
the Geometry Honors course he is in now is too easy for him
as well."

- Jayson, posted to the general discussion group of the
Association of Math Teachers of New York State

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2013 BROWN CENTER REPORT ON AMERICAN EDUCATION

http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/03/18-brown-center-report-loveless

On Monday, the Brookings Institution published its twelfth
annual Brown Center Report on American Education, titled "How
Well Are American Students Learning?" It focuses on the latest
results from the Trends in International Math and Science
Study (TIMSS) released in December, 2012.

Part I of the Brown Center Report offers "A Progress Report on
the A+ Countries" -- so called because of their high
achievement on the first TIMSS, in 1995. Part II explores
tracking and ability grouping. Part III analyzes the national
push for eighth graders to take algebra and other high school
math courses.

Among many other observations, the report finds that

- the scores of Finland and the U.S. are now statistically
indistinguishable for both fourth and eighth grade math
- while five of the six A+ countries continue to lead the
world in eighth-grade math achievement, and continue to
score significantly higher than the U.S., only one
exceeded the U.S. gain of 17 points, with a second
nation matching that improvement
- U.S. states that are more selective in math
placements -- not the ones that aggressively accelerate
eighth graders into advanced courses -- are more likely
to show achievement gains in those courses
- ... with one exception: eighth grade geometry classes

To freely download the full 33 page PDF (3MB), click

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2013/03/18%20brown%20center%20loveless/2013%20brown%20center%20report%20web.pdf

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that Helps Teachers Take Time to Examine Student Thinking
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Monday, 15 April, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NCSM session 188)
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Noticing and Wondering as a Vehicle to Understanding
the Problem
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Ensure High-Quality Mathematics Instruction for All Students
through Online Learning Communities That Bring the Standards
for Mathematical Practice to Life
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iPads: Creating Opportunities for Student Discourse
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Notice and Wonder: Supporting Students to Engage and
Teachers to Use Student Thinking
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Tuesday, 16 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 245)
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Deepening Our Understanding of Elementary CCSS Mathematics
While Practicing Our Teaching
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Wednesday, 17 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 352)
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Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Helping Teachers Develop
Students' Math Communication Skills
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Wednesday, 17 April, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM (NCSM session 382)
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Ignite! We'll Enlighten You and We'll Make It Quick!
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"Only two more nested squares to go ... stay with me. Now I'm
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- W B, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution
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Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)? Check us out:
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Tuesday, 16 April, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Research Presession)
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Supporting Teachers' Understandings of Function through
Online PD
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When Reasoning Matters: Using Mathematical Thinking to Make
Financial Decisions
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Our iPad Story: Helping Our Students Develop Their Practice
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Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Developing Students' Math
Communication Skills
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An Invitation to Experience Online Lesson Study Firsthand
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"I have a freshman who moved here fom another country who
wants to skip A2/T and Pre-Calc and take AP Calculus. He said
he already learned all the material in his native country and
the Geometry Honors course he is in now is too easy for him
as well."
<dd>
- Jayson, posted to the general discussion group of the
Association of Math Teachers of New York State
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">2013 Brown Center Report on American Education</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/03/18-brown-center-report-loveless">http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/03/18-</a><br><a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/03/18-brown-center-report-loveless">brown-center-report-loveless</a>
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On Monday, the Brookings Institution published its twelfth
annual Brown Center Report on American Education, titled "How
Well Are American Students Learning?" It focuses on the latest
results from the Trends in International Math and Science
Study (TIMSS) released in December, 2012.
</p>
<p>
Part I of the Brown Center Report offers "A Progress Report on
the A+ Countries" &mdash; so called because of their high
achievement on the first TIMSS, in 1995. Part II explores
tracking and ability grouping. Part III analyzes the national
push for eighth graders to take algebra and other high school
math courses.
</p>
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Among many other observations, the report finds that
</p>
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the scores of Finland and the U.S. are now statistically
indistinguishable for both fourth and eighth grade math
</li>
<li>
while five of the six A+ countries continue to lead the
world in eighth-grade math achievement, and continue to
score significantly higher than the U.S., only one
exceeded the U.S. gain of 17 points, with a second
nation matching that improvement
</li>
<li>
U.S. states that are more selective in math
placements -- not the ones that aggressively accelerate
eighth graders into advanced courses -- are more likely
to show achievement gains in those courses
</li>
<li>
... with one exception: eighth grade geometry classes
</li>
</ul>
<p>
To freely download the full 33 page PDF (3MB), click
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2013/03/18%20brown%20center%20loveless/2013%20brown%20center%20report%20web.pdf">http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/</a><br><a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2013/03/18%20brown%20center%20loveless/2013%20brown%20center%20report%20web.pdf">2013/03/18%20brown%20center%20loveless/</a><br><a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2013/03/18%20brown%20center%20loveless/2013%20brown%20center%20report%20web.pdf">2013%20brown%20center%20report%20web.pdf</a></p>
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