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Marquis, June – Mathematics Teacher, 1989
This article discusses the problem of the high percentage of low grades in first-year algebra. Suggestions for structured class periods, homework, after-school sessions, and testing are provided. (YP)
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
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Schoen, Harold L. – Mathematics Teacher, 1989
This article introduces this series by discussing "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics" as a catalyst for change at the local school level, describing some of the major themes underlying the standards, and providing tips for teachers. (YP)
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
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Baker, Harold – Mathematics Teacher, 1992
Suggested are ways to improve the SAT and its face validity. Suggestions include greater emphasis on more-realistic problems, inclusion of realistic percent problems, modification of the multiple-choice format, and the use of the National Council of Mathematics "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards" as a guide to construct the test. (MDH)
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests
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Braswell, James S. – Mathematics Teacher, 1992
Described are important changes that will be introduced in the mathematics sections of the new Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The three main changes are (1) permission to use calculators; (2) inclusion of open-ended questions; and (3) content revisions consistent with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics "Curriculum and Evaluation…
Descriptors: Calculators, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills
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Noble, A. Candace; Mullen, Kenneth B. – Mathematics Teacher, 1992
Presented is a summary of the actions taken by American College Testing in response to calls for reform in standardized testing. The areas of reform discussed are test development, test content, skills levels, test criteria, and new testing initiatives, such as alternative-response-format questions and calculator use. (MDH)
Descriptors: Calculators, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills
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Crosswhite, F. Joe; And Others – Mathematics Teacher, 1989
Describes experiences of developing the "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics" from the perspectives of three past presidents of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Includes their expectations related to the implementation of the standards. (YP)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Mathematics Curriculum
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Meuser, Mark H. – Mathematics Teacher, 1991
Described are the cultural and philosophical differences between the U.S. and the British education systems, in general, and the school mathematics curriculum, in particular. Included are two recommendations for strategic change within the U.S. mathematics education structure that are perceived as advantageous for the high achieving student. (JJK)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education