Methods to improve math skills come from abroad
- In a system of over 6,000 schools educating over 2 million students, Catholic schools in the United States are setting the bar high with graduation rates over 99 percent and students attending college at a rate of 84.7 percent. This article from Education Week credits the success of Catholic schools on their focus of the whole child as opposed to focusing on standardized test results.
- Students in New York City are enjoying yoga as an alternative to typical physical education classes. The only dilemma the students face is whether to “om” or not to “om”.
- Columbus schools are slowly veering away from “reform math” towards Singapore methods which move at a slower pace but concentrate more on understanding the foundations and basics of numbers. While Singapore routinely scores near the top on international math tests, the hope is that students here will dramatically improve achievement as many students who have been unsuccessful in the past have lacked the foundations of number sense.
- Despite cutbacks across Ohio, Reynoldsburg has opened Gateway Academy for gifted students. The new program is for students in grades five through eight and groups the students according to ability. These changes remove limitations for gifted students by letting them progress based on their ability level rather than their grade level.
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