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This is a piece from New Jersey but I think it is also relevant for Vermont.


Jim Abrams, VISMT
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NEW JERSEY STANDARDS: CHANGES IN THE CLASSROOM

New Jersey's four-year-old standards are cited for changing the content
presented to students in math and science classes, but not how teachers
teach those subjects, according to a new report released at the American
Educational Research Association annual meeting.  The reason given for the
disconnect between content and teaching is the lack of appropriate
professional development opportunities for teachers.

In math, for example, students are not only studying whole-number facts, but
also probability and the use of data.  Science classes include more focus on
chemistry, physics and investigative skills.  However, William Firestone,
professor of education policy at Rutgers University, and one of the report's
authors, said that the "kind of innovative teaching that helps students
understand mathematical and scientific concepts ... has yet to take hold,"
writes EDUCATION WEEK (Manzo, 5/3).