Algebra Solution to Mathematics Reform Completing the Equation

ISBN-10: 0807752312

ISBN-13: 9780807752319

Edition: 2011

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Description: How can we increase mathematics achievement among all students? This book provides a straightforward explanation of how changing mathematics tracking policies to provide algebra instruction to all students by at least eighth grade can bring about changes in both student achievement and teacher performance. Featuring interviews with students and teachers, The author chronicles the success of a large school district that changed the way mathematics was delivered and increased success rates across all populations.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 6/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Mathematics Success: Solving the Equation!
Algebra as a Civil Right
Is 9th Grade Early Enough to Study Algebra?
Dissension and Conflict About When to Teach Algebra
A Template for Change: Looking at a Model of Success
How Did They Do It? The Organization of the Book
Understanding the Variables in Mathematics Education
How Did We Get Here from There?: The History of Mathematics Curriculum Delivery
Search for the Identity of the High School in the United States
Who Should Study Algebra?: Philosophical and Psychological Foundations
Challenging the Status Quo in the Mid-20th Century
Reforming the Reform Movement
Forward Movement and Backlash to Change in Mathematics Curriculum
Redefining the Variables
Keeping Track: Setting the Course in Mathematics
When Should Most Students Take Algebra?
Recent Research on Tracking and Detracking
Case Study: Taking Charge of Change in Chesterfield, Virginia
Student Voices for Change: �Would Have, Should Have, Could Have… Studied Algebra in 8th Grade�
Context: The Setting for the Interviews
The Interviews: The Students Speak
Students' Views on Social Life in Middle School
The Relationship of Academics to the Students' Lives
How Were They Selected (or Not) for 8th-Grade Algebra?
The Value of 8th-Grade Algebra
Long-Term Effects of 8th-Grade Math Classes
Lessons Learned from the Students
The Value of Student Input
Following the Rules: Teachers as Gatekeepers to Advanced Math
Input from the Teachers in This Case Study
Teacher Talk About Their Students and Math
Ready or Not, Here They Come!: Meeting Diverse Algebra Students
Redefining Readiness
Changing the Rules
Changing the Rules: Long-Term Effects of 8th-Grade Algebra
Why They Changed the Rules
Benefits Derived from Studying Algebra in 8th Grade
Effects of 8th-Grade Algebra on High School Math Performamce
8th-Grade Math Experiences and the SAT
The Effect of 8th-Grade Algebra on College Attendance
8th-Grade Algebra for All Students?
Mandate for Change in Local Mathematics Policies
The Solution: How Educational Policy Changes Mathematics Outcomes
Changing the Game Plan for Mathematics Curriculum Delivery
Know the Rules
Listen to the Experts
Review Your Own Data
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Courage and Conviction
Train the Players
Solving the Equation
References
Index
About the Author
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