The Idaho Math Initiative will help provide teachers with the professional development they need to stay up-to-date on the current research in math education. A three-credit core math class will be a focus of the first year of the Idaho Math Initiative. Math teachers and administrators who evaluate these teachers will be required to take this core math class for certification prior to September 1, 2014. The course will focus on how students successfully learn math. This course is to support teachers by educating them about the latest research, questioning strategies, ideas for using formative assessments, best practices for individualizing instruction, ways to deal with student's misconceptions, and opportunities for students to communicate their thinking processes. The Math Initiative will also provide training for regional math specialists, who will provide professional development for math teachers regionally on a regular basis.
The Idaho Math Initiative is based on the most current research in math education, which has been supported by the findings of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel.
National Math Panel.
News articles about math education.
Learn more about the details of the Idaho Math Initiative. Download the State Department of Education's 2008 Report the Legislature. (PDF of Report to Legislature)
The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and the Journal of Research in Mathematics Education have produced a number of news articles detailing improvements in math education at different grade levels.