Public Awareness Archives
Past entries are, we believe, of critical importance when making decisions that impact the future of our nation’s youth. Therefore, all such entries are posted in the Public Awareness Archive.
Ruth Parker: An Open Letter in Response to Questions - Posted July 2007
I have kept your email intact to respond directly to each question. You will find all of your questions in italics, followed by my replies. In light of your suggestion that others may have some of the same questions and my answers should be accessible to everyone who is interested, I have posted my response on MEC’s website. I apologize in advance for my lack of brevity, but the issues you raise are important, misconceptions exist, and are too great to take lightly. I have responded to each concern you raised in order to directly address misconceptions and hopefully promote productive dialogue.
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Mathematics: How are students doing? - Posted March 2007
The Report on Cross-State Comparisons on NAEP Performance provides for cross-state comparisons of student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and allows for within state analysis. Readers will find that Washington students consistently perform near the top on national comparisons, while California students consistently perform near the bottom of the nation. This is true for every demographic group studied.
Mathematics Education: Where are we? - Posted March 2007
The Report to the National Math Panel includes a short history of the crisis in mathematics education dating back to the First International Mathematics Study in 1967, and subsequent calls, in the early 1980s, for changes in how math is taught that led to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Standards for School Mathematics (1989). The report outlines the development and evaluation of several innovative, NSF funded, mathematics programs. Finally, the current status of mathematics standards in California is reviewed including data on student achievement.