The Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB) is tackling the concern raised by Ball and will publish "Shaping Up" in the Spring of 1996. That will be a sequel to Measuring Up. I believe the attached posting from Linda Rosen off the AIP Listserv last November is pretty descriptive. If you need additional information, you might check the description by Sharon O'Donnell inside the back cover of the Spring issue of the Mathematicians and Education Reform (MER) Forum Newsletter, or contact MSEB directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 email@example.com
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 17 Nov 94 17:10:18 EST From: Linda Rosen <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: AIPemail@example.com Subject: So you think you've got problems...
The Mathematical Sciences Education Board is undertaking a search for mathematical problems:
-- That demonstrate in concrete terms the kinds of mathematical tasks that society should expect of all high school graduates who experience a standards-quality education.
-- That illustrate authentic, powerful, and worthwhile tasks that prepare students both for the world of work and for higher education.
-- That interpret the goals of the three-year core curriculum advocated in the NCTM Standards.
-- That exemplify central mathematical ideas or organizing principles.
-- That apply to situations common to everyday experiences.
-- That convey the rich explanatory power of mathematics.
-- That illustrate mathematics in contexts that are meaningful both the students and to employers, college faculty, and parents.
The MSEB intends to publish a volume of the best such examples, together with supporting commentary, to make clear to the general public just what a standards-inspired education means in the mathematical sciences. The MSEB calls this new project "Shaping Up," in the spirit of an earlier volume entitled Measuring Up that illustrated innovative assessment prototypes for fourth-grade mathematics.
MSEB expects to adapt examples from innovative tasks and assessment tools currently in use or under development in school, college, and workplace settings. Appropriate credit will be provided for authors of tasks that are selected for publication.
Please send examples of mathematical tasks that you wish to suggest for this project to: Mathematics Tasks, MSEB, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, HA 476, Washington, DC 20418.