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    Math whiz kid still forced to take Algebra

    Paul Rosu is a 11-year-old sixth-grader at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill who earned the highest score possible on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam last year.  He is auditing a Differential Equation Lab math course at UNC-Chapel Hill.  And, yet, he’s apparently still required to take Math…
    Terry Stoops, February 28, 2018
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    Tillman makes the right call on math changes

    Today, the NC Senate’s Education/Higher Education Committee considered changes to high school math. Before the state adopted Common Core math standards in 2010, high schools offered the standard Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II sequence.  Eventually, schools implemented an integrated math approach, reorganizing the topics in the three courses…
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2016
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    Wake’s math acceleration: Diversity up, achievement mediocre

    Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiated a program that directed more students into an accelerated track leading to 8th grade algebra. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, that effort yielded mixed results.  In “Early Math Coursework…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2015
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    NC schools top Global Report Card

    The Global Report Card (GRC) is a project of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.  The GRC allows the public to compare charter and school district performance in math and reading to other states and nations.  It is just been updated. The GRC also lists the top performing districts…
    Terry Stoops, December 10, 2012
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    NC NAEP scores: Little change

    Since the early 1990s, North Carolina has participated in the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing program.  The 2011 (biennial) results were released today. Reading: Fourth-grade reading scores were not significantly different than 2009, but there was a statistically significant increase in eighth-grade reading scores.  Reading scores…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2011