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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the national level. In 2008, teachers of grades K-6 will be eligible for this award. New York State is looking for nominations for outstanding mathematics and science teachers who bring state and national standards to life in their classrooms, spark students’ imaginations, have a belief that all students can learn, engage students, and have an overall passion for teaching and learning. If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit the Presidential Awards page and click on “Presidential Awards” to find out how to nominate them. Nominees must submit their applications by May 1, 2008 to be considered.

Excelsior Scholars Programs for Grade Seven Math and Science Students

The purpose of this program is for New York State public and independent colleges and universities to provide advanced coursework for high performing mathematics and science students who will have completed seventh grade in June 2008. The advanced coursework must be in mathematics and science and must be aligned to the New York State learning standards at the commencement-level. The program must include only eligible and other high performing students as defined in Section 100.14 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

The program should:

  • Enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics and science needed to be competitive in the global economy.
  • Include hands-on, real world applications of mathematics and science.
  • Provide learning experiences focused on conceptual understandings, procedural fluency and problem solving.
  • Integrate 21st century technology into the learning experiences.
  • Result in measurable improvement in student academic achievement of the New York State learning standards as included in the core curricula for mathematics and the sciences at the commencement-level.
  • Provide for coordination with the six centers of excellence in technology and the programs offered by these centers, to the extent practicable. More information related to these centers can be found at
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The Request for Proposal information can be found on the Funding Opportunities/Allocations link at http://www.p12.nysed.gov.

Proposals must be postmarked by February 4, 2008. All questions regarding the application process should be directed to the program email box at excelsiorscholars@mail.nysed.gov.

Charging Students for Calculators

Charging Students for Calculators: Clarification regarding the responsibility of school districts to provide students with calculators is available at
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/charging_for_calculators.shtml.

The Glossary of Mathematical Terms (PreK-grade 8) has been updated

The Glossary of Mathematical Terms (PreK-grade 8) has been updated to reflect field experiences from the first year of implementation of the New York State Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005). http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/glossary.htm This Glossary, intended for teacher use only, provides an understanding of the mathematical terms used in PreK-grade 8 level instruction as reflected in the New York State Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005). We encourage all teachers to become familiar with these terms and use them consistently throughout a student's educational program.

LEP/ELL Student Statewide Assessment Policy/Title I Requirements

LEP/ELL Student Statewide Assessment Policy/Title I Requirements: In response to the U.S. Department of Education's recent findings that the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) can no longer be used for Title I accountability purposes, the Department has changed its policy on the assessment of LEP/ELL students beginning with the 2006-07 school year.

Sample Tasks for PreK-8, Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry

Sample Tasks for PreK-8, Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, aligned with Performance Indicators, are now available. These sample tasks, developed by New York State teachers, are clarifications, further explaining the language and intent of the associated Performance Indicators. These tasks are not test items, nor are they meant for students' use. (PreK-8 Posted June 2006; Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.

The Instructional Recommendations for Elementary and Intermediate Mathematics Instruction

The Instructional Recommendations for Elementary and Intermediate Mathematics Instruction has been revised. This document is to assist teachers and administrators in directing classroom instruction to align with the New York State Learning Standard for Mathematics (revised March 2005). Please refer to this new document for the most current information.

Implementation Timeline for Regents Examination in Mathematics

On December 8, 2005 the Board of Regents unanimously approved the Education Department's recommended implementation timeline for the Regents Examinations in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.

The Commencement Level Glossary for Teachers and Suggested Lists of Mathematical Language for Students are now available online

The Commencement Level Glossary for Teachers and Suggested Lists of Mathematical Language for Students are now available online. The Glossary, intended for teacher use only, provides an understanding of the mathematical terms used in the Regents-approved courses entitled Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry as reflected in the New York State Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005). We encourage all teachers at the commencement level to become familiar with these terms and use them consistently throughout a student's educational program.
The Suggested Lists of Mathematical Language are presented for each Regents-approved course entitled Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. These lists are intended to engage New York State educators and students in building a mathematical language. The lists contain terms that are defined in the Glossary.

Guide to the 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics

The Guide to the 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics is an updated version of the section formerly known as Introduction to the Grades 3-8 testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics in the Guide to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program dated September 2005.

The Guidance for Calculator Use in the Classroom and on State Assessments in Mathematics Chart

The Guidance for Calculator Use in the Classroom and on State Assessments in Mathematics Chart summarizes the policy decisions made regarding the use of calculators in classrooms and on State Assessment in Mathematics.

Field Test Information

Field Test Information including the latest information for the 2005-2009 field tests in New York State elementary and intermediate schools, including two lists of schools (in alphabetical order by school name) with their respective field test strand and their required field test assignment, and the five-year field test schedule. A notice regarding the amount of time needed for the Math field tests is now available.

Last Updated: August 19, 2010