RALEIGH -- The Wake County school system is on a
mission to make sure that every academically qualified eighth-grader is
enrolled in Algebra I when the new school year starts next week.New
figures presented Thursday show that 85.2 percent of eighth-graders who
are predicted to be ready for Algebra I have been enrolled in the
course for the coming school year - an increase from 61.1 percent this
past school year. But administrators said they will work with middle
schools over the next week to get that percentage as close to 100 as
they can - a major jump from two years ago when little more than half of
the qualified students were enrolled.
A joint task force
representing the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the
Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), the National Council of
Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics was formed to develop actions and resources needed to help teachers
implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM). The task
force also considered ways in which the organizations can collaborate in
supporting their members and various groups to advance each organization’s
vision of school mathematics. The joint task force report, which has been shared with the leadership of each organization, identifies five priority actions to be taken as soon as possible.
Dr. Stiff established the Agnes and Garfield Stiff
Endowment to encourage and support graduate student research in mathematics, science, and technology education at North Carolina State University. Both Agnes
and Garfield Stiff deeply valued education. Throughout their lives, they felt that
education was the cornerstone on which African Americans could build a future
for themselves in North Carolina and in these United States.
They instilled the importance of education in their son, Lee. The endowment is meant to recognize their many accomplishments and honor their memory.
One of Dr. Stiff's contributions made it possible that the Dudley and Barbara Flood Gallery be so named in honor of his former classroom teacher and coach, and music teacher of so many years ago in Hertford County, NC. But beyond Hertford County, it is important that two people who have given so much to countless numbers of children and parents all across North Carolina be recognized for their devotion and dedication to high-quality education in North Carolina and for their commitment to excellence. It is fitting that the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation be the site for this honor and recognition. A video tribute to the Floods provides a glimpse of their many accomplishments.
gaps in education add up. Raleigh
News and Observer. (August 2005)