Land-Grant Partnership Seeks to Transform Math Teaching in Secondary Schools

Colleges, universities, and school systems in 30 states have agreed to work jointly to improve the preparation of those who teach secondary-school mathematics. The new effort was announced on Thursday by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, whose work is being supported in part by $200,000 from the National Science Foundation.

The program, known as the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, will draw on the expertise of about three dozen teams of college and university faculty members, math coordinators, and teachers. The teams will develop guiding principles for the preparation of math teachers, coordinate research and development, serve as a clearinghouse for model programs, and advocate for changes in policy.

The partnership, which involves 68 public universities, nine community colleges, 87 school systems, and state education departments, was formed in response to efforts to establish Common Core State Standards. Adopted by 45 states, the standards seek to define the math skills and knowledge that students need to be prepared for college or a career.

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