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The Intended Mathematics Curriculum as Represented in State-Level Curriculum Standards: Consensus or Confusion?
By Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum (Site summary) The short answer is, CONFUSION! This careful study of state curriculum documents found tremendous variability among “grain size (level of specificity of learning outcomes), language used to convey learning outcomes (understand, explore, memorize, etc.), and the grade placement of particular learning expectations.”
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is carried out by the nations of the OECD. The mathematics assessment “uses a concept of mathematical literacy that is concerned with the capacity of students to analyse, reason and communicate effectively as they pose, solve and interpret mathematical problems in a variety of situations involving quantitative, spatial, probabilistic or [...]
Standards-based Mathematics Curricula and Secondary Students’ Performance on Standardized Achievement Tests
By Michael R. Harwell, Thomas R. Post et al. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, January 2007, Volume 38, Issue 1, Pages 71 – 101 Abstract (from article): The current study examined the mathematical achievement of high school studentsenrolled for 3 years in one of three NSF funded Standards-based curricula (IMP,CMIC, MMOW).
Prepared by Eric Hart There is a rigorous and extensive research base for NCTM-Standards-based reform in mathematics education. A brief sample of that research base, related to several major themes of reform, is included here.
A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Calculators on Students’ Achievement and Attitude Levels in Precollege Mathematics Classes
By Aimee J. Ellington ABSTRACT: The findings of 54 research studies were integrated through meta-analysis to determine the effects of calculators on student achievement and attitude levels. Effect sizes were generated through Glassian techniques of meta-analysis, and Hedges and Olkin’s (1985) inferential statistical methods were used to test the significance of effect size data. Results [...]