Mathematics


The politics of math: Is algebra necessary to obtain a college degree?

Los Angeles Times

To transfer to California State University, community college students generally must show evidence of completing an approved, quantitative reasoning course with "an explicit intermediate algebra prerequisite." In 2009, the California Community Colleges system raised its elementary algebra minimum and also began requiring demonstrated math competency at the level "typically known as Intermediate Algebra ... or another mathematics course at the same level, with the same rigor." Some schools, like Pierce College and College of the Canyons, have experimented with programs such as the Carnegie Foundation's Statway and those developed by the California Acceleration Project -- courses in statistics and data analysis designed for majors not in math or science as a way to reach college-level quantitative reasoning without getting stuck in non-credit remedial courses or completing a traditional intermediate algebra course. Cal State administrators have been open to exploring alternative pathways for some majors: As a pilot, the system has accepted some transfers who completed the Statway program, and a few campuses are currently piloting the statistics approach for their own remedial math students.


Machine passes EM gaokao /EM math test - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

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A smart machine made by a company in Chengdu, Sichuan province, took the math test of the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, on Wednesday. AI-MATHS is an artificial intelligence program developed in 2014, based on cutting-edge big data technology, artificial intelligence and natural language recognition from Tsinghua University. Before Wednesday's test, the developer had the machine answer 12,000 math questions to improve its logical reasoning and computer algorithms. In February, AI-MATHS took a math test with Grade 3 students at Chengdu Shishi Tianfu High School and scored 93, slightly higher than the passing grade of 90.


Tech's Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World

WIRED

Teachers and administrators from interested schools can apply to join Summit Basecamp, which includes an intensive week-long summer training session on Summit's technology and approach. One early November afternoon in Sunnyvale, about an hour's drive south of San Francisco, a class of ninth-graders at Summit Denali sat at computers for a 45-minute session of personalized learning time (some days, there are two sessions). Back at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, O'Connor said Summit's approach "opened up a little more room for creativity and higher-level thinking in the [number-line] project." Summit requires Basecamp schools to follow its practice of basing 30 percent of grades on mastery of content and 70 percent on students' use of various cognitive skills, such as making inferences and clearly communicating their ideas.


IBM Watson's new job: third grade math teacher advisor • LiketheFuture

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Now, it's also helping teachers make lesson plans by powering Teacher Advisor, a program IBM developed with the American Federation of Teachers. If you're thinking "How hard could a grade school lesson plan be?" Well, have you seen Common Core mathematics? Watson's Teacher Advisor can help them create exercises and lessons to make it easier for kids to grasp Common Core math.


IBM Watson's new job: third grade math teacher

Engadget

Now, it's also helping teachers make lesson plans by powering Teacher Advisor, a program IBM developed with the American Federation of Teachers. If you're thinking "How hard could a grade school lesson plan be?" Well, have you seen Common Core mathematics? Watson's Teacher Advisor can help them create exercises and lessons to make it easier for kids to grasp Common Core math.