Much the same story as in the USA for math in the maritime provinces.

This is an early 2002 report.

http://cs.smu.ca/apics/hscurr4.pdf

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Amazing science results in Alberta. I wish I knew what was happening in Maritime Canada today. As the Maritime Provinces are well below the Canadian averages in both math and science

Check this link for highlites

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Also in PISA reading New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are at the bottom.

LINK HERE.

Key Markers Relating to Organizational Health

5 years ago

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They adopted NCTM standards - so if its like Toronto they use Harcourt. But I'm not sure.

This is a good summary and you're right - they're struggling like the US. TIMSS however in their wisdom separated Quebec from the other 9 provinces + 3 territories because they use a different math program and its quite popular.

comprehensive math strategy is adding books and other resources

to Nova Scotia classrooms to help students master critical math

skills.

Education Minister Jane Purves announced Math Matters today as

part of the first annual Minister's Report to Parents. The report

includes the most recent provincial, national and international

testing results and an action plan to improve student learning.

"Nova Scotians need a solid foundation in the basics -- reading,

writing and math," said Ms. Purves. "We've launched several early

literacy initiatives. Math needs the same kind of attention."

Testing results show that elementary students are struggling with

math. The new strategy aims to support students and teachers to

improve students' grasp of reasoning, logic and problem-solving

skills.

"Students need more time to focus on math," said Ms. Purves.

"We're looking for about an hour a day, depending on the grade

level."

Primary to Grade 2 students will spend 45 minutes daily on math

while students in grades 3 to 9 will spend a full hour. High

school students will spend a minimum of 110 hours per credit of

math. Year-long math course options will be explored for

semestered schools.

Ms. Purves noted that the extra time needs to be quality time.

"We'll ensure that it's quality time by supporting our teachers

with resources and professional development," she said. "Teachers

have asked for support with the new math curriculum, and we know

they will use it well to help their students succeed."

From 1997 to 2002, Nova Scotia has phased in a new math

curriculum for primary to Grade 12. It was developed according to

standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

This spring, 880 teachers will get professional development to

become math leaders for teachers in primary to Grade 9. Every

teacher in these grades will also receive a practical resource

that links curriculum outcomes to classroom teaching. The

resource will include sample lesson plans, homework and other

learning activities.

"Students need books to learn," said Ms. Purves. "We've already

invested more than $2 million so that every junior and senior

high school student has a math text book."

About $500,000 has gone into graphing calculators, fraction

blocks and teacher resources to help Grade 1 to 9 students learn

to do math in their heads. About $350,000 is buying a set of

books for each elementary school to help students learn math

concepts, from spacial sense to algebra, through reading.

The high school curriculum includes advanced courses. It also

aims to meet the needs of struggling students with programs like

Math Plus. The program is currently being piloted with Grade 10

students at 12 Nova Scotia schools and is helping many make

significant progress.

"Math Plus is certainly increasing students' confidence and skill

levels," said Anna Spanik, a Grade 10 teacher at Queen Elizabeth

High School. "It's not a magic potion that will fix problems for

every student, but for those who haven't met all of the junior

high outcomes, Math Plus can help students get back on track so

they're prepared for a Grade 11 academic math course."

The Department of Education will work with Nova Scotia

universities to give student teachers more opportunities to

prepare for teaching math.

"The Grade 5 math testing results are absolutely unacceptable,

but hiding the fact that there's a problem wouldn't improve

student learning," said Ms. Purves. "We need to keep testing to

diagnose problems and keep providing support so that our students

succeed."

Provincial testing will continue in elementary school. Grade 8

students will write math tests this June. Grade 12 math exams

will be added in 2004. Students will also continue to participate

in national and international tests. The results will be

published annually in the Minister's Report to Parents.

"Once our testing results help us identify problems, we all need

to work together on the solutions," said the minister. "Parents,

teachers, school boards and the department all have a role to

play to ensure our students get the math skills they need for

future learning and for life in the real world."

The math strategy will require school boards to develop action

plans and set targets to improve student achievement.

The Minister's Report to Parents and Action Plan are available at

www.ednet.ns.ca . Copies are being mailed to all schools and to

parent groups that are members of the Nova Scotia Federation of

Home and School Associations.

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FOR BROADCAST USE:

A comprehensive math strategy is adding books and other

resources to Nova Scotia classrooms.

The strategy is called Math Matters. It will help students

master critical math skills.

The strategy will see students spending more time on math.

It's also giving students resources like text books, graphing

calculators and fraction blocks.

Teachers get more support through the strategy, too.

Professional development and resources will help them to deliver

the new math curriculum.

Education Minister Jane Purves announced the strategy today.

She says students need a strong foundation in the basics --

reading, writing and math.

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Contact: AdÃ¨le Poirier

Department of Education

902-424-8307

E-mail: poiriea@gov.ns.ca

I have the science book used in alberta and the content is excellent at the middle school level.

The textbooks in US schools look like an everyday unmath book. TERC created it, who else?

WOW!!!

Poor Nova Scotia...

From 1997 to 2002, Nova Scotia has phased in a new math

curriculum for primary to Grade 12. It was developed according to

standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

.."We need to keep testing to

diagnose problems and keep providing support so that our students

succeed."

"Once our testing results help us identify problems, we all need

to work together on the solutions,"

DUH!!! And the solution is....

Nova Scotia needs to trash the NCTM math approach.

Yes, it really does sound like NCTM textbook propaganda - I'm afraid we've been reading too much of it too ... euphoric math.

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