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English pupils’ maths scores improve under east Asian approach


Study shows ‘maths mastery’ experiment improved children’s scores in English schools after just one year

Schools in England experimenting with east Asian teaching methods have seen an improvement in children’s mathematics skills after just one year, according to a study.

The research, published on Thursday, which represents the first hard evidence that introducing a Singaporean “maths mastery” approach into English classrooms can influence results, found a “relatively small but welcome improvement” in children’s performance.

The report’s lead author warned however that the mastery programme should not be seen as “a silver bullet” and called for it to be tested over a longer period in a greater number of schools in order to build a fuller picture.

Policymakers have been studying teaching methods in east Asian countries such as Singapore, Japan and South Korea, which dominate the Pisa international league tables measuring children’s academic achievement. Children there are on average more than one year ahead of their western peers in maths.

The mastery programme differs radically from current maths teaching in England, with fewer topics covered in greater depth, and every child expected to master the topic before the class moves on. Teachers hold weekly hour-long workshops to discuss lesson planning.

The study, led by UCL Institute of Education and the University of Cambridge, evaluated the impact of a Singaporean-inspired teaching programme in 90 English primary schools and 50 secondaries where it was taught to more than 10,000 pupils in year 1 (aged 5-6) and year 7 (11-12).

After a year they saw a small increase in children’s maths test scores compared with pupils in other schools which was roughly equivalent to one additional month of progress over the academic year. The programme is designed to have a cumulative effect, with the full benefit evident after five years.

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Tutor Doctor, One of the Top Math Tutoring Programs in NJ, Announces New Custom-Designed Programs



Tutor Doctor, One of the Top Math Tutoring Programs in NJ, Announces New Custom-Designed Programs
March 26, 2015

The New Programs were Developed in Response to the College Board’s Decision to Update the Scholastic Aptitude Test

HAWTHORNE, NJ,  Tutor Doctor of North Jersey, a company that offers some of the best tutors in a variety of academic subjects, has just launched new learning programs that will help prepare students for the updated Scholastic Aptitude Test.

For the first time in almost a decade, noted a company spokesperson for Tutor Doctor, the College Board is updating the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to better represent and track what students have actually learned in high school and to assess a student’s college and career readiness. After the number of students who took the ACT surpassed those who took the SAT in 2012, the College Board came to realize that the SAT had become disconnected from the skills learned in high school and needed to undergo major changes to better meet the needs of students across the nation. The new version of the SAT will debut in the spring of 2016.

As the spokesperson for Tutor Doctor explained, the College Board is on a new mission to best serve higher education by propelling students toward success in college and work. With a similar philosophy, Tutor Doctor’s “at-home” approach is dedicated to student success by providing each student with the tools they need to meet and exceed expectations. Tutor Doctor of North Jersey prepares students for college by offering custom-designed programs that meet each student’s specific educational needs, objectives, and learning styles by working with teachers and current coursework to help each student master current academic requirements, while also maximizing his/her potential.

“We are very pleased the SAT will be more aligned with students’ curriculum and have a deeper focus on the important academic skills they’ve learned in school,” said Jessica Bush, business owner of Tutor Doctor of North Jersey.

“At Tutor Doctor, our tutors support teachers by working collaboratively with the school structure to help students learn new material while excelling at the topics they’re learning in school. This collaborative approach helps students succeed during their high school studies while preparing them for college.”

The new SAT format will reinforce the skills and evidence-based thinking that students should be learning in high school. Some of the drastic changes include eliminating the guessing penalty, replacing complex vocabulary words with those used more commonly in the college setting, and making the essay optional. Those who pursue the writing section will have 50 minutes to read and analyze a document and build an argument based on the author’s use of evidence and reasoning. Furthermore, the time will be reduced to three hours and the overall scoring will return to a 1,600-point scale, based on a top score of 800 in reading and math, with a separate score for the essay.

For more information on Tutor Doctor of North Jersey, which is known for having one of the top math tutoring programs in the state as well as tutoring for kids with special needs, please visit

About Tutor Doctor:

For over 5 years in the local North Jersey area from Glen Rock and Ridgewood, NJ, Tutor Doctor has been dedicated to matching students of all ages, grades and subjects with dedicated, highly experienced tutors. All of their one-on-one tutoring takes place in the privacy of the student’s home. They take the time to match each student to a tutor whose skills and schedule matches his or her needs, and they will customize an academic game plan and set goals for every student’s success. For more information, please visit

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Mickey and math? Disney launches education apps


Mickey and math? Disney launches education apps


Mickey is getting into math — and science, art, reading and even teaching social skills.

The Walt Disney Co. is launching a new line of learning tools designed to help parents encourage kids 3 to 8 to learn outside of school. Disney Imagicademy begins with a series of mobile apps but will later expand into other products such as books and interactive toys. Over time, the target age will also grow to include older kids.

To start, Disney is launching an iPad app called “Mickey’s Magical Math World” on Thursday, focused on math-based activities such as counting, shapes, logic and sorting. Within the app, there are five add-on activities such as “Minnie’s Robot Count-Along” and “Goofy’s Silly Sorting.” The basic app is free to use, but the enhanced activities cost $4.99 each or $19.99 for all five. Future apps, on subjects ranging from life science using characters from Disney’s “Frozen” to creative arts, will be similarly priced. The apps are ad free, keeping with laws that prevent targeting online advertising at kids under 13.

A companion app for parents lets grown-ups follow along with what their kids are doing even if they are using a separate mobile device. It also suggests a bevy of offline activities, such as creating “rocket racers” using toilet paper tubes, duct tape and balloons, or making a colorful “quilt” out of tissue paper to learn shapes.

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Common Core : Here We Go Again Welcome back to the Math Wars

Common Core : Here We Go Again Welcome back to the Math Wars 

PARCC testing is supposed to be more about the child’s facility with using a computer than his or her knowledge of the subject matter being tested. This is untested, seat-of-the-pants, thrown-together Obamacare website territory we will be in, and there will be a huge blowback. Fifth graders in particular need to be ready for anything, given that their standardized math scores for this year constitute the first 1/7th part of the rubric that determines whether they are ranked in the top 10 percent of their middle school in math at the end of sixth grade. If they are not so ranked, they will be prevented from taking Algebra in 7th grade and will be exposed to the Constructivist CMP math curriculum during all of 7th and 8th grade. This will stunt their growth at a critical time, and will eventually seriously limit their ability to compete for acceptance to a top notch school of engineering or science upon graduation from high school. CMP math in the middle schools is ‘the one that hot away’ about six years ago during the most recent battle in Ridgewood’s protracted Math War.

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Long time Ridgewood resident translates post with cynical humor for new residents


Translation of post… A friend suggested

A friend suggested (you mean the BOE or Editor of the RN suggested) that I get the inside dope(find out who the trouble makers are and get some dirt on them ) on what was happening in Ridgewood by perusing the blogs. I was honestly (you sound like a pompous arse) shocked by the narrowmindedness (if you don’t agree with me you are stupid and shouldn’t be allowed to speak) of some of the posts – particularly with regard to the editorial standards (not a very informed poster, the RN violated its own standards) of our local newspaper.

Hindsight shows (again the Ridgewood News Violated its sacred policy of not quoting anonymous sources, not posting on blogs or flogs and front running for particular organizations) that the reporter was doing his job (yes its time to toss him under the bus)– reporting – not passing judgment (we speak for everyone and your not allowed to speak for your self )on what was being exchanged, just reporting what was taking place. Isn’t that what he was supposed to do? Remain objective?(objective to this poster means you agree with them) And didn’t the editor simply back up the editorial integrity (no the editor did a hack job and violated all the journalist policies it purports to up hold)of the newspaper by not yielding to public criticism (covering up for cowards on the other flog)and printing the news as news? (only I can say what’s news )Spare me the conspiracy theories, would ya!( but they are ok for the editor to use, can you say “tactics”)

Now as for the math controversy (yes TERC is banned in California and condemned by the US department of education). Sure, I knew people were up in arms (yes some parents in town care about their kids), and yes, I’ll admit that some of the protocols for teaching left me baffled (they were such bull even I the elitist could not get it straight how could an idiot like you understand it), but I saw my kids NJASK and Terra Nova test scores and, well…can kids get higher than 99th percentile? Something must be going right in the school system.(can you say tutors and of coarse if you lower standards enough everyone becomes a genius)

No question that all the bloggers love Ridgewood ( I hate it) and that discourse is healthy. But, informed (this means you are stupid again and how dare you taxpayers challenge the great and powerful, “know it alls” at the BOE) and objective (this means agreeing with me is the only option, so do what your told otherwise you’ll be sorry) discourse is healthier still.

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the fly hears the N.Y. Times checks out the districts fuzzy math…

>The fly heard Dr. Arilotta and Bob Muller got their hair blown out yesterday.
It must have been that the New York Times was coming to visit Travell and Orchard school and interview the district about their fuzzy Math. Hmmmh, the NY Times, why didn’t Marty Brooks want to come and speak with the Times about how he implemented TERC in his last district?