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- 3.18.15 Common Core math should include ‘pattern abstraction’ Common Core math is missing the mark by not emphasizing pattern abstraction, according to new Vanderbilt research. Pattern abstraction—identifying a pattern of colors or shapes and replicating it with different colors or shapes—is an important building block for mathematical proficiency, researchers believe.
- 3.17.15 Nashville mayor shares love of reading with Patterson RAPS participants Nashville Mayor Karl Dean discussed the joys of reading with Metro Nashville Public School fifth, sixth and seventh graders at the March 14 meeting of Patterson RAPS (Read and Play Saturdays) held at Peabody's Wyatt Center.
- 3.11.15 Education panel weighs in on the effects of standards and high-stakes testing As Tennessee educators struggle to navigate a system driven by new curriculum standards, standardized testing, and data-driven decision-making, many questions remain as to the impact of all these efforts where it matters most: in the classroom.
- 3.4.15 Mobility in TN Achievement School District focus of new study Student mobility has been an issue at the schools in Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) but those elevated rates have improved since the ASD takeover, according to a new Vanderbilt study.
- 2.13.15 Education experts offer 18 apps that make learning fun Smart phones and tablets are the new way to play. Everywhere you look, children—from toddlers on up—are engrossed in handheld devices. But parents needn’t see screen time as the enemy. When chosen wisely, apps can help a child learn important skills such as reading, algebra, fractions and even computer coding—all while having fun.
- 2.3.15 Abstract language may help preschoolers grasp early math concepts At an early age, children are taught to identify and recreate patterns using objects of different colors and shapes. This seemingly simple learning activity is actually an important exercise in relational thinking, and a foundational skill in early mathematics.
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Move over ‘value added’: Teacher observation data more useful in human capital decisions
In the wake of Race to the Top, data play an increasing factor in teacher performance evaluations, with value-added scores, which reflect a teacher’s ability to affect student achievement, at the forefront. But a new Vanderbilt study finds that data culled from classroom observations is actually what is driving principals’ human capital decision-making, and may be more reliable than value-added.