January 8, 2013 |
Even as most of the nation's 15,000 public school districts roll out new systems to evaluate teachers, many are still struggling with a central question: What's the best way to identify an effective educator? After a three-year, $45 million research project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes it has some answers. The most reliable way to evaluate teachers is to use a three-pronged approach built on student test scores, classroom observations by multiple reviewers and teacher evaluations...
September 1, 2008
The federally funded National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called "the nation's report card," has tracked math performance for years. The share of students rated proficient or advanced on NAEP's math test is rising. Year Grade 4 Grade 8 1990 13% 15% 1992 18% 21% 1996 21% 23% 2000 24% 26% 2003 32% 29% 2005 36% 30% 2007 39% 32% SOURCE: www.nationsreportcard.gov
May 7, 2013 |
A Montgomery County math teacher lauded for his creative math raps resigned from the school system in late April, signing an agreement that he says bans him from discussing the circumstances. Jake Scott, a teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, won praise locally and nationally for creating math videos that put such concepts as the quadratic equation and the Pythagorean theorum to upbeat raps that drew his students in. The Post profiled him last November.
February 23, 2008
There's nothing new about the approach described in the Feb. 19 front-page story "Parents Rise Up Against a New Approach to Math. " I engaged in this type of mathematical analysis in 1969 as a fourth-grader, much to the dismay of my teacher. Clueless as to what to do with pictures of bundled red sticks referred to as "units," I dissected them and reordered them into a manageable array. Rounding numbers up or down to the closest ten or hundred enabled me to easily add single digits separately to get the total; I still use that technique...
July 15, 2012
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be charged with voodoo accounting for her July 11 op-ed ["The truth about health-care reform"]. She wrote, "Between 2000 and 2009, the average family premium more than doubled, from $6,438 to $13,375, an annual increase of 8.1 percent. From 2009 to 2011, family premiums still rose — but at a rate 25 percent lower. That generated savings of more than $1,200 per family …. " Ms. Sebelius implies that American families pocketed $1,200 when in fact they do not. A rate increase of 8.1...
May 14, 2013 |
Montgomery County school board members voiced alarm Tuesday about steep failure rates on last semester's final exams in high school math courses, saying such problems go back many years and raising questions about school policies that might affect student test performance. Board of Education member Phil Kauffman (At Large) cited a 2004 report that showed about half the county's high school students failed Algebra 1 finals that year, highlighting what he said appears to be a persistent problem.