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Algebra for all eighth graders

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From: Marielouise (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Dec 02, 1998 at 22:17:13
Subject: Re: Algebra for all eighth graders

I do not have any specific data to share with you. However, I believe that if you contact the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) at 5835 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago IL 60637 (773)-702-1130 or email at: <ucsmp@uchicago.edu > and ask this same question they will have data to share with you. The UCSMP advocates teaching transitional math (pre-algebra) to all seventh graders and algebra to all eighth graders. They have been doing this project for 15 years all across the country. In their winter 1998 Newsletter has a comparison chart showing percents of 8th graders studying various types of mathematics curricula In the SIMS 1981 study 13% studied algebra. In the NAEP 1986 survey 16% studied algebra and in the NAEP 1996 survey 20% studied algebra If you call or write UCSMP ask them to put you on the list for their free newsletter. It if very informative. -Marielouise, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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