Archive: Math Education Reform

U.S. Slides in Graduation Contest

Math and science education are not the only concerns when it comes to international competitiveness in a global economy. The United States is losing ground in one area where it used to set the world's standard: high school graduation rates....

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 13, 2009; 05:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Tackling Eighth-Grade Algebra in Chicago

Education Week hosted a webinar yesterday called "Why Students Struggle with Algebra and How Schools Are Helping." Two of the three presenters came from Chicago Public Schools, former stomping grounds for Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The school system has set...

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 11, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

National Standards? Too Provincial.

Forget national standards. A growing chorus of educators are looking beyond US borders and pushing for international benchmarks of what and how children should be taught to be successful in a borderless economy. "No longer do we compare Iowa against...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 29, 2009; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Common Math Curriculum - Would it Help?

Every winter at Fairfax High School, math teachers hold lunch-time study sessions for students who need to take (or re-take) the Standards of Learning exams. Most of the students are newcomers to Virginia who need to pass the standardized math...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 26, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (11)

What's Your Advice For The Next Administration?

Today’s education page in the Washington Post features a series of letters to Education Secretary nominee Arne Duncan. Reporter Valerie Strauss asked some experts -- including a university chancellor, a school superintendent, and an education professor -- to send in...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 11, 2009; 10:22 PM ET | Comments (4)

Good Teaching - Art or Science?

I had my first day back in class today. We started with a lesson on graphing quadratic equations. Tricia Colclaser, the teacher, gave a mini-introduction and walked around the room while we practiced. As she checked in with everyone, Colclaser...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 6, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (37)

Math for America

I just stumbled upon a web site for an interesting new program that is recruiting and training math teachers to work in poor urban schools that are particularly starved for talent. It's called Math for America, and it's modeled after...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 26, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Math Standards Redux

Thanks to everyone who has sent in math quiz problems so far. Keep em coming! I'll probably post the first one a week from Friday, since this is a holiday weekend and I hope we are all going to be...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 24, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (3)

Secretary Spellings Visit & Kids in the Middle

Public schools are full of special programs for kids who are struggling and for kids who are high achievers. But there's lots of room to get lost for kids in the middle. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings visited my school today...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 19, 2008; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Teaching Elementary Math

Recruiting math professionals into teaching at all levels is a big challenge. But few people realize the kind of math smarts you need to get elementary students grounded in basic skills. It turns out a lot of elementary teachers...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 6, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (13)

High School Math -- in College

While Virginia has been celebrating its recently released 4-year high school graduation rate (81 percent -- higher than in many other states), an interesting article from Inside Higher Ed highlights the dismal 6-year graduation rates at many city colleges (19...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 17, 2008; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Algebra for All: The Push for Higher Math

Michael Alison Chandler's ongoing coverage of math education also includes an occasional series of articles in the Post newspaper. The first installment, "At Fairfax High, Another Approach As System Tries to Up Subject Appeal," ran on Sunday, Sept. 21. Many...

By Washington Post Editors | October 1, 2008; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

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