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Jerry P. Becker

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Response to posting yesterday
Posted: Jan 6, 2000 2:21 PM
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From Judy Wheeler <jwheele@remc11.k12.mi.us>
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Mathematics: Consortium of High-Performing Districts

"A First Look at What We Can Learn From High Performing School Districts"
examines why students in 18 affluent school districts in suburban Chicago,
known as the First in the World (FiW) Consortium, performed well compared
to random samples of students from other countries participating in the
Third International Mathematics & Science Study (TIMSS). This report tells
that, among other things, FiW students...

. seem to be introduced to advanced math topics earlier than other U.S.
students.

. are more likely than other U.S. students to be asked to perform reasoning
tasks than to practice
computational skills.

. are more likely than other U.S. students to be assigned homework daily &
discuss completed assignments in class.

. have teachers who may be more likely than other U.S.teachers to
participate in school-related activities outside the regular work day --
meeting with colleagues, identifying & selecting textbooks, buying
supplies, & keeping up with new curriculum & instructional developments &
techniques.

"The Consortium has worked hard to create a structure for developing a
cross-district community of learners that would involve educators, parents,
& community leaders," the report says. "It has established teacher
learning networks in 4 areas: curriculum, assessment, instruction, &
technology;
& awarded grants to groups of teachers pursuing projects in these areas."

For the full report (August 1999) see
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/FirstLook/index.html .

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu

mailto://jbecker@siu.edu





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