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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Front End Estimation

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From: aysha marsh

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2003021319:46:35
Subject: has the issue of FEE as taught been solved?

	On the question of placement in FEE (Front End Estimation)

In administering a practice math proficiency test to 4th graders in
the state of Ohio the issue of placement came up. The question was:
Using front end estimation what is the difference between 1200 and
952. It was a multiple choice question with the following possible
answers: a) 200; b) 300; c) 352. There were teachers present that
insisted the answer was not there, their answer was 100. There were
teachers there who thought the answer was 300. Finally there were
teachers there who felt the question should have been rounded
producing an answer of 200. Can anyone help on the question of FEE and
the placement of numbers. We would probably all agree that for the
purpose of FEE 952 would be 900, but should the 1200 be reduced to
1000 or remain as 1200? - PLEASE NEED INPUT HERE! 

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