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1 Student test scores in math computation in some mid-Atlantic states and the implications for chemistry instruction Presented 4/10/2010 to the ACS Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting By Rick Nelson, Retired Instructor EANelson@ChemReview.Net
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2 In my view, (Vote for ONE:) In helping students succeed in first -year chem, the math background of entering students is: A. A major problem B. A minor problem C. Not a problem
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3 Vote for ONE: To solve calculations in first-year Chem, it is most important for students to have background knowledge in A. Use of a calculator B. The theory of mathematics C. Fundamentals of math computation
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4 -- Zumdahl, 5 th edition
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5 -- Brown, Lemay, 8th Ed. p. 368
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6 -- Zumdahl, 5 th Ed. p. 218
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7 Vote for ONE: To solve calculations in General Chem, it is most important for students to have background knowledge in A. Use of a calculator B. The theory of mathematics C. Fundamentals of math computation
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8 NCTM standards = ?
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9 Virginia Math Results: VA all students Grade 9 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Total Math 54 55 55 55 55 Stanford 9 standardized test given statewide National percentile average = 50 on 1995 norms
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10 Two sub tests were reported described as “Math Problem Solving , which focuses on reasoning skills, and Math Procedures , which measures the student’s facility with computation .”
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11 Virginia Math Test Scores VA Stanford 9 Grade 9 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Total Math 54 55 55 55 55 Problem Solving 58 61 63 64 65 Procedures 46 44 42 41 39
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12 Next three slides from: Tom Loveless Brown Center on Education Policy of the Brookings Institution Presentation on Math Reform at AEI March 4, 2002
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16 -- Zumdahl, 5 th Ed. p. 218
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18 “The 1989 NCTM standards played the role of national standards…. Nearly all state standards after 1990 were modeled on the 1989 NCTM Standards .” -- from Computation Skills, Calculators, and Achievement Gaps: An Analysis of NAEP Items Tom Loveless, The Brookings Institution, April 2004
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19 The Math Wars Short history: A quarter century of US 'math wars' and political partisanship David Klein California State University, Northridge http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/bshm.html longer version: http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/AHistory.html
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20 NCTM’s An Agenda for Action (1980): “All students should have access to calculators and increasingly to computers throughout their school mathematics program.”
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21 New Jersey -- Current Math Standards
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22 NJ: Use Calculators in 1 st Grade Q and A Core Standards in Mathematics NJ State Board of Education – 2002 to current Q: The standard says that students will "use calculators as
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