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Foundations for Success Foundations for Success National Mathematics Advisory Panel Final Report, March 2008
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2 Presidential Executive Order April 2006 The Panel will advise the President and the Secretary of Education on the best use of scientifically based research to advance the teaching and learning of mathematics, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in algebra.
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3 What Concerns Led to the President’s Order? National prosperity and safety in international context - Role of mathematics in national well-being - Gathering Storm - Workforce of the future Options for individuals and families - College admission and graduation - Candidacy for technical workforce - Earning power - Adaptability
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4 Math Proficiency of U.S. Students International comparisons Low fractions of proficiency on NAEP Falling proficiency at higher grades Heavy remedial demand upon entry into college Achievement gap Algebra as a gateway
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5 Overview Task Groups - Conceptual Knowledge and Skills - Learning Processes - Instructional Practices - Teachers - Assessment Subcommittees - Standards of Evidence - Survey of Algebra Teachers - Instructional Materials Reports - Final Report - 8 Task Group and Subcommittee Reports
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6 Basis of the Panel’s work Review of 16,000 research studies and related documents. Public testimony gathered from 110 individuals. Review of written commentary from 160 organizations and individuals 12 public meetings held around the country Analysis of survey results from 743 Algebra I teachers
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7 Evidence Guidelines Executive Order - Marshal the “best available scientific evidence.” - Review “research relating to proven-effective and evidence-based mathematics instruction.” What is the best available scientific evidence? - 3 broad categories of quality. Highest quality = high internal and external validity. Promising or suggestive = has limitations. Opinion = values, impressions, or weak evidence.
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8 Two Major Themes “First Things First” - Positive results can be achieved in a reasonable time at accessible cost by addressing clearly important things now. - A consistent, wise, community-wide effort will be required. “Learning as We Go Along” - In some areas, adequate research does not exist. - The community will learn more later on the basis of carefully evaluated practice and research. - We should follow a disciplined model of continuous improvement.
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Curricular Content Three Formal Products: Major Topics of School Algebra Critical Foundations Benchmarks 9
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10 Curricular Content Streamline the Mathematics Curriculum in Grades PreK-8: Follow a Coherent Progression, with Emphasis on Mastery of Key Topics Focus on the Critical Foundations for Algebra - Proficiency with Whole Numbers - Proficiency with Fractions - Particular Aspects of Geometry and Measurement Avoid Any Approach that Continually Revisits Topics without Closure
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