Fall News and Notes

Field Testing

The teachers of over 40,000 students agreed to support MDTP’s effort to develop high quality readiness tests for Common Core courses Math 7, Math 8, High School Math (Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1), Integrated Math 2, and Integrated Math 3. Applications for field testing this year are now closed. The expectation is that Math 7, Math 8, and HS Math Readiness tests will be ready for publication for use next fall.  Integrated Math 2 and 3 will continue field testing next year.

Participating teachers will be emailed in the spring with directions for the post testing and survey components that will complete this round of the field test.

A great big thank you to all of you participating in this year’s field testing.

See more details in the MDTP Fall 2014 Newsletter.

Using MDTP Results for Placement

MDTP multiple choice tests are developed with the intention of supporting math instruction:  helping teachers to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses, gaps and misunderstandings of their students and courses.  However, many schools also use MDTP tests as one measure of placement.  Please refer to this fall’s newsletter for an excellent article on using MDTP for placement.

The value of using MDTP for placement was also highlighted in the September 2014 publication by REL West (Regional Educational Laboratory at WestEd) entitled “Using assessment data to guide math course placement of California middle school students”.

Fall Newsletter

The fall newsletter contains information about the MDTP field testing effort for developing CCSSM aligned readiness tests; an article on using MDTP for placement purposes; regional site information; a description of available published tests; upcoming events; and a math problem to keep you in form.  MDTP Fall 2014 Newsletter

Greater Los Angeles Area Math Council (GLAMC) Mini-Conferences

If you can, I recommend attending the GLAMC mini-conferences.  Upcoming conferences are scheduled for December 13 in Long Beach, February 28 in Whittier, and April 18 in the San Fernando Valley.  The sessions are held on Saturday mornings, the ones I have attended are engaging, thought provoking, and practical.  The conferences are also a good opportunity to meet and mingle with other dedicated math teachers.

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