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  • Teachers getting another chance to pass a math test (NC)

    08/10/2018 10:54:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 107 replies
    WBTV ^ | 8/08/18 | Dedrick Russell
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some North Carolina elementary school teachers were initially told they would lose their jobs if they didn't pass a Math test they call difficult and unfair. Teachers say they recently got a call from their school district informing them they have another year to pass the test. Hundreds of teachers have failed the test repeatedly. Teachers argue what's on the test has nothing to do with what they teach in a classroom for students in Kindergarten to 5th grade. "Never in a million years would we even come close to teaching some of the topics on...
  • Scoring 30% on a test is enough to graduate high school in NYC

    06/23/2018 6:14:05 AM PDT · by DFG · 65 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/22/2018 | Selim Algar
    The bar keeps dropping on state math exams — and critics are saying it’s because officials are desperate for high graduation rates. Kids only need to score a measly 30 percent on this month’s Algebra 1 Regents test to pass, according to new state guidelines. Students who manage just 26 out of 86 total points will get a heavily weighted score of 65 — the minimum required for passage. That’s the lowest standard since the state introduced the test four years ago.
  • Why parents struggle with Common Core math: “The diagrams are absolutely insane.”

    06/17/2018 6:25:25 PM PDT · by BobL · 124 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 17, 2018 | Karen D'Souza
    (snip) Eight years after California adopted new standards designed to boost students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, it’s become clear that a critical group was left behind in the push to implement Common Core: parents. The good old days of memorizing math formulas or multiplication tables are gone. Instead, Common Core math requires students to show how they reason their way to the right answer. As a result, many parents say homework is far more complicated than it used to be. For example, the right answer to 3×5 isn’t just 15 anymore, as one popular social media post noted. It’s...
  • Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math: Rich, White and Suburban Districts

    06/13/2018 6:24:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 13, 2018 | CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and KEVIN QUEALY
    In much of the country, the stereotype that boys do better than girls at math isn’t true – on average, they perform about the same, at least through eighth grade. But there’s a notable exception. In school districts that are mostly rich, white and suburban, boys are much more likely to outperform girls in math, according to a new study from Stanford researchers, one of the most comprehensive looks at the gender gap in test scores at the school district level. The research, based on 260 million standardized test scores for third through eighth graders in nearly every district in...
  • New Data Show California Kids’ Math Achievement Took A Nosedive After Common Core

    05/16/2018 5:44:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MAY 16, 2018 | Joy Pullmann
    By 2014, California was the top state in eighth-grade algebra enrollment. Common Core erased all those gains almost immediately ... Before Common Core came along, California parents, faculty, and officials spent years developing some of the best-ranked K-12 math requirements in the nation. One result of their careful work was more than tripling the number of eighth graders who ranked proficient in math, and quadrupling the number of eighth graders taking algebra. By 2014, California was the top state in the nation in eighth-grade algebra enrollment. That was the year Common Core went into place. It erased all those gains...
  • Board votes to fire local teacher over comment during state test

    05/16/2018 4:43:17 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 42 replies
    KWTX.com ^ | 5/14/2018 | Rissa Shaw
    MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) The Marlin ISD’s Board of Managers voted 3-0 Tuesday evening to terminate the contract of Marlin High School teacher Claude Kelley, who was placed on administrative leave for alleged comments he made during state testing. Superintendent Michael Seabolt said it was reported that right before an Algebra I course exam last week, Kelley said in front of teachers and students, that “there were only a couple smart enough to pass it, anyway.” “You can think bad things about my kids, but I better never hear it,” Seabolt said. “I took it pretty seriously.” Following the results of...
  • 65% Of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient In Reading; 67% Not Proficient In Math

    05/02/2018 5:55:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 05/01/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Sixty-five percent of the eighth graders in American public schools in 2017 were not proficient in reading and 67 percent were not proficient in mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released by the U.S. Department of Education. The results are far worse for students enrolled in some urban districts. Among the 27 large urban districts for which the Department of Education published 2017 NAEP test scores, the Detroit public schools had the lowest percentage of students who scored proficient or better in math and the lowest percentage who scored proficient or better in reading. Only...
  • Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss' 241st Birthday Honored With a Google Doodle. [tr]

    04/30/2018 5:08:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Time ^ | April 30, 2018 | Laignee Barron
    A German mathematician, physicist and astronomer, Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss rose from humble origins to become one of the world’s greatest minds. Born in 1777 in Brunswick, then part of the Holy Roman Empire, Gauss was the only child of poor parents who had received little or no formal education. His mother was illiterate. But when Gauss started school at age seven, he was quickly recognized as a child prodigy who could solve complex math problems in his head. While still a teenager, Gauss became the first person to prove the Law of Quadratic Reciprocity, a math theory to determine...
  • Amateur mathematician partially solves 60-year-old problem (Aubrey de Grey!)

    04/27/2018 10:49:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 4/24/18 | Bob Yirka
    Professional biologist and amateur mathematician Aubrey de Grey has partially solved the Hadwiger-Nelson problem, which has vexed mathematicians since 1950. He has published a paper describing the solution on the arXiv preprint server. The Hadwiger-Nelson problem came about when Edward Nelson and Hugo Hadwiger wondered about the smallest number of colors necessary to color all of the points on a graph, with no two connected points using the same color. Over the years, mathematicians have attacked the problem, and have narrowed the possibilities down to four, five, six or seven. Now, de Grey has eliminated the possibility of four colors...
  • Baltimore students score near bottom in reading, math on key national assessment

    04/10/2018 8:16:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/10/2018 | Liz Bowie
    Baltimore City students scored near the bottom in reading and math compared to children in other cities and large urban areas on an important national assessment given in 2017. In fourth- and eighth-grade reading, only 13 percent of city students are considered proficient or advanced. In fourth-grade math, 14 percent were proficient and in eighth-grade math 11 percent met the mark, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federally mandated test from the U.S. Department of Education... That put the Baltimore ahead of only Detroit and Cleveland, and sometimes ahead of Milwaukee and Fresno, Calif. — areas of...
  • Auburn High School Proudly Adopts ‘Africentric Math’ To Draw Black Students Into STEM Fields

    04/02/2018 2:02:01 PM PDT · by ethom · 162 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | Apr 2 2018 | Gabrielle Okun
    A Canadian high school switched to “Africentric Math” to attract black students to go into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) fields, according to Canadian Broadcasting’s(CBC) Wednesday report. Nova Scotia’s Auburn Drive High School math teachers are skipping their previous eurocentric approach to teaching mathematics so black students will gain more interest in the subject, the CBC reported. Teachers are adopting an Afrocentric lens to teach mathematics, based on incorporating African history and culture to make math classes resonate with their students. Auburn High School is working with the Imphop’s Legacy Academy, a program encouraging black students to get interested in...
  • Even After 22 Trillion Digits, We’re Still No Closer To The End Of Pi

    03/15/2018 2:50:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | March 14, 2018 | Oliver Roeder
    Depending on your philosophical views on time and calendars and so on, today is something like the 4.5 billionth Pi Day that Earth has witnessed. But that long history is nothing compared to the infinity of pi itself. A refresher for those of you who have forgotten your seventh-grade math lessons1: Pi, or the Greek letter π , is a mathematical constant equal to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — C/d. It lurks in every circle, and equals approximately 3.14. (Hence Pi Day, which takes place on March 14, aka 3/14.) But the simplicity of its...
  • The STEM Glut

    03/08/2018 9:17:43 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 89 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 7, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An increasing number of insiders say, contrary to the multitude of studies and seminars we've slogged through, that there is not a shortage of Science Technology and Engineering Majors (STEM) but a glut. "It turns out that new PhDs in science have a hard time getting a job like their mentor's: tenured faculty in a research university," John Staddon a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Duke University writes in an essay distributed by the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. "Fifty years ago, in my own area of experimental psychology, things were very different." "Postgraduates,...
  • High School Students Claim Square Root Symbol Looks Like A Gun

    02/23/2018 4:34:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | February 23, 2018
    A high school student in Louisiana was investigated and his home was searched after he allegedly made comments interpreted as possible terrorist threats that compared the square root math symbol to a gun. According to local news station KATC, an investigation Tuesday by the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office revealed the incident began when a Oberlin High School student drew the square root symbol while completing a math problem in class. Another student then made a comment on the similarity of the mathematical sign to a gun, sparking opinions and comments from multiple students. Authorities then say the student being investigated...
  • High School Math Teacher Trapped in Love Isosceles

    02/17/2018 4:06:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    CBC ^ | Sophie Kohn
    Steve Kenilworth sighs as he flops down on the couch in the staff room at Rick Astley High School, his Grade 8 math classes finally done for the day. "I'm grateful to have such a full workload this semester because it really keeps my mind off…my…my situation," he shares in a sternly hushed tone as both of his eyes scan the room. Kenilworth explains that several months ago, much to his shock, biology teacher Samantha Young confessed that she has romantic feelings for him. Meanwhile, however, Kenilworth has been helplessly in love with English teacher Dana Freeman for a number...
  • Vanity: The Secret Budget-Balancing Equations of Congress

    02/12/2018 6:42:26 AM PST · by fruser1 · 6 replies
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  • Mother is left stumped by her seven-year-old daughter's maths homework question (but could...

    01/31/2018 10:42:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 95 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Jan 31, 2018 | Alex Matthews For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Mother is left stumped by her seven-year-old daughter's maths homework question (but could YOU work it out?) A mother was left scratching her head after trying to help her seven-year-old daughter with her maths homework. Angie Werner was stumped when she tried answer the conundrum and turned to social media to help her out. The problem asked how many entrants were in a dog show and while at first the answer appeared to be simple - in fact it left many parents completely miffed. PROBLEM ON LINK
  • Can YOU pass this maths quiz without cheating? (tr)

    11/21/2017 12:58:35 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov 21, 2017 | MARTHA CLIFF
    For most of us numeracy tests are a distant memory, so you may need to swot up before taking on this tricky quiz. The new test shared by Playbuzz challenges your knowledge of maths, and only a select few will make it to the end unaided. The quiz's creator, Michael Rodgers, claims just three per cent of the population will be able to ace his test without the help of a calculator. The 15 sums include multiplication, subtraction, percentages and division - taking you straight back to childhood maths lessons. Think you're smart enough to pass? Scroll down to take...
  • Bad Math for Gun Control

    11/18/2017 4:57:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The latest weird failure of fact by proponents of a disarmed public is offset somewhat by a refreshing honesty of stated desire. The opinion piece is in a university paper, written by a student, so they deserve a gentler treatment than a professional journalist.Right or wrong, the differentiation between editorials and factual articles has been mostly destroyed in the last 20 years. The article is from the University Press at Lamar University. Lamar University is located near Houston, in Texas.From lamauniversitypress.com: Unfortunately, the conversation about gun control only arises after an incident where several people are killed at one time....
  • 13 Baltimore City High Schools, Zero Students Proficient in Math

    11/10/2017 2:40:31 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 100 replies
    Fox ^ | 11/9/2017
    An alarming discovery coming out of City Schools. Project Baltimore analyzed 2017 state testing data and found one-third of High Schools in Baltimore, last year, had zero students proficient in math. But that’s not all we found. In the midst of that troubling number, there are some bright spots. Most mornings, at Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, start the same way – with students chanting the school’s motto in the gym. “There’s an urgency about the work we’re doing,” said Jack Pannell, the school’s founder. That urgency was born out of need. “Nine out of ten black boys in Baltimore...