Category Archives: Assessment

It’s Time for U.S. Students to Man (and Woman) Up!

Although the United States is one of the richest countries in the world, our high school students’ performance in math is woefully lacking. That’s according to the international assessments, including Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the Trends in International Mathematics … Continue Reading ››

Waiting for the Assessment: Why the Standards Need to Be Adopted Now

Jim Ryan recently asked, "What is the difference in teaching to the standards and teaching to the test?" I, too, have heard this question raised again and again over the years, and now that many states are adopting the Common Core State Standards, the differences between teaching to standards and teaching to a test are … Continue Reading ››

Teaching to Standards and Teaching to a Test: What’s the Difference?

I’ve engaged in discussions trying to answer this question ever since I started teaching AP calculus in 1995. Since 2001, when the No Child Left Behind assessments and high school graduation exams were implemented, this question has become even more relevant. In fact, it has raised more questions than answers. For instance: Continue Reading ››

So, What Counts as Mathematics?

Last week Andres referenced the Washington Post op-ed, How much math do we really need? This is an important question, particularly since more states are requiring students to take advanced algebra to graduate from high school.  But, I am more interested in the question:

Does taking math matter if students can’t use it?