Math & Science

U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math

Math performance of American 15-year-olds declined significantly on international PISA test

For-profit teacher certification booming in Texas

Jeff Arrington in his disaster-response high school class in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Allison Smith/The Texas Tribune) DENTON, Texas — One afternoon in mid-November, Jeff Arrington scattered…

The evolution of teaching evolution

Ask any high school biology instructor: Teaching kids about evolution is a science. Students’ reactions to the theory of how life evolved on earth are as diverse as the…

Paying teachers for student performance doesn’t raise test scores in Tennessee study

Click to enlarge NASHVILLE – Offering middle-school math teachers bonuses up to $15,000 did not produce gains in student test scores, Vanderbilt University researchers reported Tuesday in…

Q&A: Dr. Francis Eberle talks science education

Dr. Francis Eberle It’s hard to believe, but according to a recent Harris Interactive survey, the vast majority of Americans can’t name a single living scientist.…

Rigor: It’s all the rage, but what does it mean?

  Remember the three Rs – reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Get ready to add a fourth: rigor. It’s the buzzword in education.…

Looking to the rest of the world

Worried that American students have fallen behind their overseas peers, U.S. policymakers are looking at education systems abroad for ideas on how to boost achievement here by making lessons more…

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Math education at home and abroad

The familiar high school math sequence – Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, trigonometry – is so ingrained that it’s easy to forget there are other ways to learn mathematics. In…

Do calculators add up?

Pros •    When calculators are used appropriately in the classroom, experts say they can enhance students’ understanding and increase their proficiency in math. “Calculators and other technological tools … are…