How the NCEE Limits Elementary School Math
 
Chapter 2 of How the NCEE Redefines K-12 Math

Includes the  New York City Modifications

By Bill Quirk  (wgquirk@wgquirk.com)


Here you will find a compact version of the NCEE  "Work Sample & Commentary" sets (WS&C sets) for elementary school math.  We also cover the New York City modifications to these sets.  In brief, the New York City authors added one set, changed some work samples for the first two sets, and chose to omit four NCEE sets.  As you read below, please note that the NYC authors regularly missed opportunities to improve the NCEE's product.

NCEE elementary school math is exemplified by the TERC K-5 math program, Investigations in Number, Data, and Space.  Widely used in New York City, TERC openly claims a "constructivist approach," and uses the phrase "constructivist math" to identify their curriculum.   For more about TERC math, click on TERC Hands-On Math: The Truth is in The Details.

The NCEE claims that the student work samples found below are "genuine student work," demonstrating "standard-setting performances" at the end of the fourth grade.  Apparently there's one more year to learn elementary school math.  Unfortunately, the Chapter 3 middle school work samples offer no evidence of genuine K-5 math by the end of the 8th grade.

Direct Access Links to Each WS&C Set

  1. Sharing 25                 [Includes the NYC modifications]
  2. Arithmetic                 [Includes the NYC modifications]
  3. 3-D to 2-D
  4. Patterns
  5. Pumpkin Activity
  6. Height Measurement Statistics
  7. Two Dice Sums
  8. Creatures
  9. Se Hace un Triangulo?
  10. The Great Fish Dilemma     [Not in the NYC version]
  11. How Many Handshakes?
  12. Tangram Dispute
  13. Feverish Freddy
  14. Counting on Frank
  15. School Uniforms Project    [Not in the NYC version]
  16. Catapult Investigation     [Not in the NYC version]
  17. The Never Ending Four
  18. Dream House Project
  19. Constructing a Polyhedron  [Not in the NYC version]
  20. Making a Cube              [Only in the NYC version]

The Work Sample & Commentary Sets for NCEE Elementary School Math

  1. Sharing 25
  2. Arithmetic
  3. 3-D to 2-D
  4. Patterns
  5. Pumpkin Activity
  6. Height Measurement Statistics
  7. Two Dice Sums
  8. Creatures
  9. Se hace un triangulo?
  10. The Great Fish Dilemma  [Not in the New York City version]
  11. How Many Handshakes?
  12. Tangram Dispute
  13. Feverish Freddy
  14. Counting on Frank
  15. School Uniform Project [Not in the New York City version]
  16. Catapult Investigation [Not in the New York City version]
  17. The Never Ending Four
  18. Dream House Project
  19. Constructing a Polygon [Not in the New York City version]
  20. Making a Cube [Only in the New York City version]

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Copyright 2002-2011 William G. Quirk, Ph.D.