What We’ve Been Up To
- Visit to Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. On January 11-12, Dr. Confrey was an invited guest at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, for a meeting on teachers’ use of curriculum. The meeting focused on how curricular use and models of curriculum are changing in digital worlds and asked the question, “What can be done to support coherence in these situations?”
- Preparing for upcoming conferences. We’ve just returned from the AMTE Annual Conference in Houston, where Jere, Meetal, and Will presented on “Leveraging What Students Know: Improving Teacher Noticing Using Real-Time Feedback on Progress along Learning Trajectories”. Jere and Meetal also co-presented a joint session titled “Activities that Support the Statistical Education of Teachers”. Next, we will be in Greensboro with our partners from Highland Middle School, presenting at the NCMLE Conference, held March 4–6. Later in the spring we will be in Washington, DC, at the NCTM Annual Meeting and Research Conference, the NCSM Annual Conference, and in NYC at the AERA annual meeting.
- Analyzing data from our fall design study on percents with a partner school. Although we found evidence of some common misconceptions in students’ work, like combining percentages additively, we were excited to see students build on their work from the previous year and use ratio boxes to solve percent problems. Misconceptions for percents and other concepts are available in the Learning Map.
Students working through a cluster test during our design study.
What’s New in Math-Mapper
- Teacher access to student reports. Now teachers can access individual student reports using their teacher login.
Viewing the student item matrix in the class report page. You can access the entire student report by clicking on the icon next to the student’s name.
What’s Next in Math-Mapper
- New Cluster Score in student reports. Coming soon to the student report page is the Cluster Score (CS), which is an estimate of a student’s score on a standardized 1–10 scale, based on their test responses.
- Administrator reports.We are working with our school administrator partners to develop an administrator dashboard to help them make informed decisions about how to support teachers and students.
- New visualizations to gauge growth. Soon students will be able to see how their work in a cluster improved over time, even from one school year to the next.
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