Utah Mathematics Steering Committee

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Utah Mathematics  Steering Committee October 22, 2008
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2 Research is Clear Children must have a strong start. Conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and recall of facts have mutually reinforcing benefits. Effort matters.
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3 “Tough Choices Tough Times”
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4 Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce What is the United States’ reported position regarding current employment skills and competiveness within the global market? What was presented as the current condition of education in the United States? What do you personally believe to be the condition of education in the US and Utah?
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5 Achievement, Excellence, and Equity 75% of students who were in ninth grade in 2000 graduated within four years (Seastrom, Hoffman, Chapman, & Stillwell, 2006). 80.1% of high-income students who graduated from high school or received GEDs in 2004 enrolled in college immediately after receiving diplomas. 49.6% of low-income counterparts enrolled after completing high school or receiving GEDs. Only about half of college freshmen receive degrees within six years (Miller & Malandra, 2006).
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6 10 Recommendations Assume that we will do the job right the first time by creating a performance-based system. “Next, an example of the very same procedure when done correctly!”
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7 Performance-Based Education System Replaces Graduation Diploma Model Students complete state board qualifying core content exams at tenth grade. Students doing well enough (academically inclined students) would receive two more years of high school (AP and IB course work) and then prepare for a second set of exams qualifying them for a selective college. Those students doing less well on tenth grade exams would go to community and some state colleges (for students who wished to enroll in technical or vocation programs). Subsequent exams would qualify these students for four-year degree programs. Students may take exams again and again. 95% of students would be expected to pass and 5% would be left behind. (African- American, Hispanic, recent immigrants, and poor)
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8 US Work Force A highly-skilled workforce would be greatly compensated with employer support for additional training and education. The majority of routine work would be carried out by people in low-wage countries and by machines across the globe. Creative work including research, development, design, marketing, and management would fall within the domain of workers in the U.S. and similar countries.
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9 Testing System The report calls for a major overhaul of the American Testing industry to assure the development of tests that measure such things as creativity and innovation, teamwork, abstract thinking, and self- discipline.
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 220 taught by Professor Kearn during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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