ERIC Number: ED359020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
MAP: Mathematics Assessment Process for the Middle Grades. User's Manual. Volume I.
Pechman, Ellen M.
The Mathematics Assessment Process (MAP) for the Middle Grades gives teachers and school reform leaders new tools to examine and systematically realign mathematics programs. MAP engages an interdisciplinary coalition within a school in an exploration of mathematics instructional excellence. Through an extensive self-study, a school answers the question, "How well is our mathematics program meeting the needs of the students in our school?" MAP integrates three central ideas: consensus on the need for major revisions in middle-grades mathematics, need to implement effective mathematics instructional practices targeted for adolescents, and existence of practical, tested strategies for planning change that can guide the restructuring of middle-grades mathematics programs. At the core of MAP is a set of "Criteria for Excellence" developed by a national advisory panel of middle-grades practitioners summarizing the principles underlying outstanding middle-grades mathematics education. This document, the "User's Manual," the first of a three volume set, contains six sections and appendices. Section 1 describes the trends in middle-grades mathematics and introduces the MAP "Criteria for Excellence". Section 2 explores the philosophic core of MAP, arguing that mathematics is a communication and problem-solving process. Sections 3 and 4 take team members through the approach to conducting MAP: collecting, analyzing and summarizing the data, and writing an action plan for implementing changes. Section 5 provides a staff development exercise to develop understanding of adolescents' mathematics needs. Section 6 provides annotated resource lists with over 250 references. The appendices include decision-making guidelines. (MDH)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Development, Guidelines, Instructional Development, Long Range Planning, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Middle Schools, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Secondary School Mathematics, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Effectiveness
Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, North Carolina State University, 315 Poe Hall, Suite 310, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Mathematics Education.; North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education.