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Happy Pi Day!

Elementary and middle schools are filled with "holidays" you don't actually get to celebrate in the real world -- Cinco de Mayo, anyone? -- but chief among them, obviously, is Pi Day. Only celebrated in fifth- through tenth-grade math classrooms, Pi Day, for the uninitiated, is celebrated on March 14th and honors pi, the mathematical constant found in the ratio between a circle's radius and diameter --- 3.14. Pi Day in middle school meant fun math songs (although my fifth-grade teacher never let us sing that one), math games, and, of course, pie. 

While it's unlikely that you'll celebrate with a slice of apple or cherry today -- though your coworkers wouldn't mind that gift -- here are some fun pi facts in honor of Pi Day:

What's in a name? Not much, in high-school math

More students than ever are enrolling in rigorous math and science courses -- but that label probably doesn't imply what parents and students think it does. A new report, released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress and part of an ongoing high-school transcript study, showed that while almost every member of the high school class of 2005 took Algebra I, as few as one in four students were actually presented with the type of material that would prepare them for college. 

The report's release brought together a panel of experts, including CTEq's own Linda Rosen, to speak about the implications of the study. Panelists acknowledged the results are sobering -- parents, students, and policymakers have long assumed that these courses comprise the first step on a college-ready track,

STEM in the News: March 12, 2013

It's Tuesday, so we must have a STEM news roundup. Below, all the best of STEM over the past week.

STEM in the News: March 5, 2013

As the D.C. area braces for what may or may not be an incredible late-in-season storm, we bring you all the STEM news that's fit to clip. 

Survey of Math/Science Teachers Shows Rich Data

Last week, Horizon Research released the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education, a representative survey of STEM-focused teachers across the range of subjects and grade levels. And the results, while they'll surprise few involved closely with math and science policy and education, there are still plenty of important lessons in the rich report. A few quick ones are summarized below. 

1.) (Math + Science) < Reading/ELA 

Most policymakers will tell you that a budget asserts priorities; in schools, allocated time does the same. According to the survey -- and EdWeek has a great to-the-minute breakdown -- K-3 classrooms typically recieve 19 minutes of science instruction per day (as a note, most classrooms don't do science daily) and 54 minutes of math instruction, but 89 minutes of reading and language arts instruction. There has been a statistically significant drop since 2000, which CTEq's own Vital Signs data also confirmed.

Common Core: Are We Supporting Those on the Front Lines?

The new MetLife Survey of the American Teacher should give us pause.

Today in STEM -- February 20

It's been a big week for space

Today in STEM -- February 16

Happy birthday, dear Galileo!

CTEq members support efforts in education

Today  in a full page letter published in the New York Times, 42 Change the Equati

STEM is Critical, but Don't Knock the Liberal Arts

In January came news that computer scientists and engineers aga

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