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New Review: Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Math

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Learning List has reviewed Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Math. This supplemental resource supports math instruction and preparation for Texas’s STAAR testing for students in grades 1-8. Materials are available in print format. Content addresses grade-level TEKS while developing students’ understanding of key concepts and ability to apply concepts in problem solving activities.

Content is presented in units organized by the STAAR Performance Categories (e.g., Measurement and Graphing). Units are made up of short, scaffolded lessons that focus on one or more TEKS. Instruction is organized using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model and includes direct instruction, modeling, and guided and independent practice.  

At each grade level, “Teacher Guides” contain tools to help teachers transition to the new mathematics TEKS. Guides provide a crosswalk document that explains how the STAAR Ready program addresses the demands of the TEKS, including the process standards. A pair of tables (1) identify lesson activities and problems that require higher level thinking as measured by Webb’s Depth of Knowledge index, and (2) present a “Cognitive Rigor Matrix” that combines Webb’s and Bloom’s indicators of high level thinking and describes student behaviors that demonstrate higher-level thinking. Teacher Guides also have correlation tables for lesson activities and STAAR Practice problems.

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About Curriculum Associates*

Curriculum Associates is a rapidly growing education company committed to making classrooms better places for teachers and students. We believe that all children have the chance to succeed, and our research-based, award-winning products, including i-Ready®, Ready®, BRIGANCE®, and other programs, provide teachers and administrators with flexible resources that deliver meaningful assessments and data-driven, differentiated instruction for children.

Because we are independently owned and operated, we are able to provide the best prices so that every district, school, and educator can afford to bring top quality resources to their students. By maintaining our independence, we are able to channel our investments toward the things that really matter—like product development, research, and unmatched customer service.

For the past 40 years, we have consistently developed high-quality products that make a profound difference in the lives of students and educators, and we will continue to bring these proven products—as well as new ones—to you in the future.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Curriculum Associates.

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New Review: Mastery Education’s Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Mathematics

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Learning List has reviewed Mastery Education’s Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Mathematics–a supplemental print resource to help students in grades 3-8 (i.e., Levels C-H) prepare for STAAR testing in math. Content is organized in short lessons that address specific TEKS. Instruction provides ample opportunities for students to practice and apply problem-solving strategies.

Content is organized in chapters that address key concepts in the TEKS for each grade level (e.g., rational numbers, place value, measurement). Each chapter is made up of short lessons that address specific TEKS. Lessons are presented in five parts: (1) an introduction titled Understand the TEKS, (2) Guided Instruction, (3) Critical Thinking problems, (4) STAAR Practice problems, and (5) a STAAR Assessment practice test.

Each chapter ends with a cumulative “Building Stamina for the STAAR” chapter test that includes problems addressing each of the TEKS covered in the chapter. The final chapter at each grade level addresses financial literacy. Teacher editions also contain two versions of a cumulative STAAR practice test, a table identifying the TEKS addressed by each practice test problem, and a prescriptive answer key to support reteaching.

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About Mastery Education*

Mastery Education®, formerly Peoples Education, is a creator of print and online educational materials for the K-12 school market, best known for the flagship brand Measuring Up®. The company focuses on supplemental instructional and practice materials that are standards-based and customized for specific markets. Founded in 1991, Mastery Education has a long history of accurate and astute content creation, working closely with educational partners and analyzing mandated standards and assessment criteria in order to create the most useful and relevant teacher support tools.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Mastery Education.

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Reviews: Khan Academy K-12 Mathematics

Khan Academy provides supplemental open educational resources to support mathematics instruction in grades K-12. The self-paced is freely available online and addresses the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at each grade level. Content is presented through video demonstrations and practice problems. Content is presented in “Missions” organized in terms of CCSS domains for each grade level. Missions are personalized lessons that provide instruction targeted to each student’s learning level.  

khan_academyStudents complete a diagnostic “Mission Warm-up” prior to beginning work. The Warm-up assesses students’ knowledge of the concepts and skills included in the domain.Khan’s adaptive software uses Warm-up results to recommend an individualized pathway through grade-level content. Direct instruction is presented in short video tutorials (i.e., 5 to 20 minutes) that address specific skills or concepts (e.g., linear inequalities). Videos are presented using colorful black and whiteboard demonstrations with voiceover narration.

Instruction includes “Practice Tasks” and “Challenges.” Practice Tasks address a specific skill and include a personalized goal for each student. Goals vary, but most require that students correctly answer five questions in a row. Students earn “Energy Points” and “Badges.” Energy Points are awarded for watching videos, completing practice problems, and for achieving short-term goals (e.g., correctly answering five questions in a row). Badges are awarded for reaching longer-term goals, such as “Achieving mastery in 7 unique skills.”

About Khan Academy*

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. They’ve partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

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New Reviews: Measuring Up to the TEKS Mathematics

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Mastery Education Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Mathematics is a supplemental print resource to help students in grades 3-8 (i.e., Levels C-H) prepare for STAAR testing in math. Content is organized in short lessons that address specific TEKS. Instruction provides ample opportunities for students to practice and apply problem-solving strategies. Learning List recently these materials for grades 3-8.

Content is organized in chapters that address key concepts in the TEKS for each grade level (e.g., rational numbers, place value, measurement). Each chapter is made up of short lessons that address specific TEKS. Lessons are presented in five parts: (1) Understand the TEKS, (2) Guided Instruction, (3) Critical Thinking, (4) STAAR Practice, and (5) STAAR Assessment. Content is scaffolded, building from simple to more complex concepts, and includes frequent opportunities for students to write about mathematics.

Student worktexts contain a letter to parents in English and Spanish. The letter explains the importance of the TEKS and the STAAR test, describes the Measuring Up program, and suggests ways that parents can support mathematics education at home (e.g., involve students in mixing recipes).

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About Mastery Education*

Mastery Education®, formerly Peoples Education, is a creator of print and online educational materials for the K-12 school market, best known for the flagship brand Measuring Up®. The company focuses on supplemental instructional and practice materials that are standards-based and customized for specific markets. Founded in 1991, Mastery Education has a long history of accurate and astute content creation, working closely with educational partners and analyzing mandated standards and assessment criteria in order to create the most useful and relevant teacher support tools.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Mastery Education.

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Grants and Funding Update

As a means to support educators in identifying resources that will meet their students’ needs, Learning List provides periodic updates about grants and funding opportunities focused on improving education. Today’s post highlights some opportunities that are currently accepting applications and proposals.

Emerging Teacher Leaders

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is providing grants of up to $6,000 to support the development of emerging teacher leaders in PK-5 mathematics. Grant recipients must have the support of campus principals and are expected to provide ongoing professional development focused on improving instructional practice and the understanding of mathematics in the elementary school classroom. Grants are limited to one teacher per campus.  Application packets must be postmarked by November 8, 2013. More information is available here.

Improvements for At-Risk Youth

The Interactive Intelligence Foundation is providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for projects that foster life improvements for at-risk youth up to age 18.  Greater weight is given to projects that address STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and math), as well as projects with clearly defined implementation periods and measurable outcomes.  Grant requests are due November 15, 2013. More information about the Foundation’s program is available here.

California Gardening

The California Fertilizer Foundation is providing 24 grants of $1,200 to support garden-related projects in public and private schools in California.  Grant applications are due January 15, 2014.  Application materials are available here.

 

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