Emerging Issues

The Emerging Issues Committee works to identify current news and resources of interest to mathematics teacher educators. We use this page to share information and to engage in professional dialogue about issues affecting the AMTE community.

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Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014, 8am
Recruiting, preparing, developing and supporting great teachers has a direct impact on the learning and success of America’s students. Research confirms that the most important in-school factor in a student’s success is a strong teacher, and excellent teachers are especially important for our neediest students. However, the vast majority of new teachers – almost two-thirds – report that their teacher preparation program left them unprepared for the realities of the classroom.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014, 8am
Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on National Assessment of Educational Progress 12th-grade reading and math results:
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014, 7pm
NCTM has undertaken a major initiative to define and describe the principles and actions, including specific teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students. Link to Ed Week article - http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/04/math_group_releases_guidance_o.html?intc=mvs
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014, 9am
The American Statistical Association issued a position statement on value-added models for evaluating teachers. Along with John Ewing's article in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, there is interest and concern among mathematicians and statisticians in the uses of these techniques as they are being applied to education.
Posted: Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10am
A passionate editorial from the New York Times about ways to move the conversation forward on mathematics curriculum, teacher preparation, and the role of STEM in K-12 education. One of many interesting excerpts:
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013, 9am
Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post shares a recent essay from the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. Here's an excerpt:
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013, 9am
The recent announcement of the PISA 2012 results has sparked a lot of discussion recently. From the PISA website: