Math Initiative Bill Online
Longitudinal Study Released-Singapore Math WORKS-early release-Presentation by Dr. Bisk from Massachusetts
Presentation to Utah Legislature Education Committee on 9-17-08 (free download)
Agency Based Education
Letter of Recommendations - Summary
We encourage you to read the full letter but present this quick summary for the ADD crowd (pun intended).
Utah’s Math Education Moonshot
The engineers and scientists that have taken us to the stars and improved our quality of life in innumerable ways are now retiring, creating a critical shortage of qualified individuals to replace them. This gives Utah a golden opportunity to create a population of engineers, scientists and highly skilled technical personnel to fill the vacuum. This effort would entice top companies to locate in Utah and utilize our premier workforce. To accomplish this objective we should adopt this mission statement.
Mission Statement: Utah will become the premier state in our country for math education within 10 years by partnering with members of the NASA Advisory Council and the National Mathematics Advisory Panel to create standards and programs such that NASA will look first to Utah for at least 10% of its recruits and Utah is recognized as a top source of skilled scientists and engineers.
Utah’s Plan of Action
"We are not teaching math, we are teaching thinking through the medium of math."
2. Standards: A full rewrite to match Singapore math.
“Singapore ranked first in the world in math and third in science, in spite of the fact that the country was ranked next to last for the level of home educational resources available. In other words, Singapore’s impressive academic results seem to have very little to do with an advantageous home environment and a great deal to do with an effective school system structure organized around a solid, rigorous curriculum." --Dr. E.D. Hirsch
"NAEP classifies its problems as “easy,” “medium,” or “hard.” I benchmarked the “hard” 8th grade problems, examining NAEP’s highest level of expectation for 8th grade math. Most of these “hard” 8th grade problems are at the level of Singapore’s grade 5 – or lower."
"My point is simple: There is a chasm of difference in expectations between NAEP and the problems used by world-class mathematics leaders. We expect too little from our children, and by lowering our expectations we lower their incentive to achieve."