The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Hunt Institute have produced a series of videos to enhance understanding of the mathematics that students need to succeed in college, life, and careers. The series also covers the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Standards for Mathematical Practice and examines why developing conceptual understanding requires a different approach to teaching and learning. You will also find a useful video for parents wishing to support their child’s mathematics learning. Please view the videos on the NCTM Teaching and Learning Mathematics with the Common Core Web page.
Michigan has awarded a three-year contract to
both Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) and
Measurement, Inc. for the future Michigan Student Test
of Educational Progress (M-STEP) system beginning
with the 2015-2016 school year. The recommendation
of award was made jointly by the Michigan Department
of Education (MDE), and Department of Technology,
Management, and Budget (DTMB), which runs the
state procurement process.
“Data Recognition Corporation and Measurement,
Inc. were the two highest scoring bidders and are
among the most experienced education service and
test administration providers in the nation,” said State
Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “This now allows
Michigan schools and teachers to move forward and
fully transition from the 40-year-old MEAP to M-STEP,
a 21st Century assessment system.”
DRC and Measurement, Inc. are the same vendors
that are being used for the 2015 M-STEP statewide
assessment, providing a seamless transition to the
statewide assessments for the foreseeable future.
“This fortunate outcome will give this year’s tests
greater significance and be a foundation from which to
build,” Flanagan said. To learn more, read the full MDE press release.
EdReports.org, an independent non-profit, has released
free, web-based reviews of current K-8 math instructional materials. The
teacher-led process raised good questions for textbook consumers about the
alignment of current options, reviewing popular textbooks to see whether the
math content aligned to the Common Core.
Check out the reports for their analysis and as you approach the process of
choosing or adapting instructional materials in your school and
district for the coming year, consider using an alignment-focused tool such as
the Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool.
Achieveis looking for units to support
Common Core instruction in both ELA/Literacy and Math. If you have a unit that
you’ve created, on your own or collaboratively with your district, consider
submitting it for review by Achieve’s EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the
Quality of Instructional Products) peer reviewers. There will be an award
of $1,500 for units rated exemplary within the following areas:
Addition and Subtraction (1st-2nd)
Ratio and Proportion (6th-7th)
Speaking and Listening (2nd-5th)
Supports for English Learners
Topical Reading and Writing (4th-8th)
All Exemplar units
will be made freely available for download and use by educators across the
country. If you are interested, review the submission details and then register and submit your materials
online. There will be two review cycles through which prizes will be
awarded; the first deadline for submitting units is March 20, 2015 and
the second is June 3,
Over the past six months, numerous articles have been included in different issues of the Spotlight regarding the spring 2015 M-STEP ELA and mathematics tests. Now, the Office of Standards and Assessment (OSA) has compiled that information into two content-specific summary documents—the M-STEP ELA Summary and the M-STEP Mathematics Summary—to help district and building coordinators, as well as teachers and assessment administrators, easily locate essential information. The summaries include
descriptions of Classroom Activities and Performance Tasks,
information on the M-STEP Spring 2015 Preview and Sample Item Sets,
where to go to practice using the online delivery engine’s navigation tools and features, and
grade-specific information, such as which calculators may be used and where to go to learn about gridded responses.
The summaries also cover important administration information, such as the grades assessed, the content measured, online and paper/ pencil test component administration order, testing times, and testing windows. The OSA believes these two new resources—which can be found under What Do I Need to Know—will give teachers, assessment administrators, and coordinators the content-specific information they need regarding how the spring 2015 ELA and mathematics tests are designed, as well as how and when they should be administered.
Foundation for Technology and Engineering Education (FTEE) - Dugger/Gerrish Endowment,
in partnership with the International Technology and Engineering Educators
Association (ITEEA) has commissioned a study to determine to what extent
students in United States public schools use a tactile hands-on process of
problem solving involving "doing" in their elementary, middle, and
high school courses. We are currently conducting the second of four rounds of
this study. We ask that you participate even if you participated in the first
To start the survey, please follow the appropriate link:
For the purposes of this study, the definition of "doing" is: A
tactile/hands-on process of problem solving starting with human needs and wants
that leads to the
principles of innovation such as designing, making/building, producing, and
We ask that you respond to three demographic questions and answer Yes or No to
13 statements dealing with "Doing Based Learning." The survey will
not take longer than five minutes to complete. The statements are based on
Next Generation Science Standards, Standards for Technological Literacy, and
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Your input will not affect what you are currently teaching. There are no
correct or incorrect responses. We are trying to determine what types of
activities your students do in class. A space is provided for you to make
comments, if you choose to do so.
This survey is totally voluntary. Please complete this survey before April 15,
2015 to be eligible for an iPad Mini drawing that will be held no later than
April 30, 2015. Congratulations to Ms. Taylor, an elementary teacher from
Murray, Utah for winning the iPad Mini from the first round. To participate in
the drawing, follow the prompt at the end of the survey.
Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions or
concerns, please address them to email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your valuable participation in this research!
Johnny J Moye, Ph.D., DTE
ITEEA Research Associate
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
1914 Association Drive, Suite 201
Reston, VA 20191
The Sample Item Sets are intended to provide
students and teachers with sample test items that
demonstrate the rigor of Michigan’s academic content
standards in mathematics and ELA.
The Sample Item Sets will be embedded in Michigan’s
online delivery engine so students and teachers
can practice using its navigation tools and features,
become familiar with the technology-enhanced items
they are likely to experience in the spring, and practice
ELA and mathematics test items at their grade level. This new resource differs from the Spring 2015
Preview by providing more sample test items specific
to grade and content.
The Sample Item Sets are grade-specific, content-specific,
and will be released on a rolling schedule
that mirrors the staggered testing windows. The first
phase of Sample Item Sets released will be for grades
5, 8, and 11, and will consist of one third of the total
number of sample items OSA will be posting. As
additional items and grades become available, OSA
will communicate this information in the Spotlight. The following Sample Item Sets are now available: