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Grade 8 PARCC math: Pythagorean distance

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Determining the distance along the diagonal of a right triangle using the Pythagorean Theorem is new to 8th graders under the Common Core.

Grade 8 PARCC math: functions as rules

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Working with functions comes to the Common Core in 8th grade, and the properties of functions described in different ways can be compared.

Grade 8 PARCC math: scientific notation

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Do you know how to put numbers expressed in "scientific notation" in order from least to greatest? You'll need to if you're taking the PARCC 8th-grade math test.

Grade 8 PARCC math: integer exponents

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Another new topic for 8th graders under the Common Core is the idea of expressions in exponents. Do you know the rules?

PARCC & homecoming anomalies at a top Md. H.S.

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The Homecoming Court at Walt Whitman H.S. in Bethesda will dispense with gender designations like king and queen. Strange anomalies detected in PARCC data.

Grade 4 PARCC math: add fraction grids

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Adding and comparing fractions using a decimal grid is a skill 4th graders should be able to do on the PARCC tests coming up this year.

Game theory says we overuse common resources

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Scores have been released, and we're churning over the data right now. But be careful how you use test scores in school operations.

Grade 8 Common Core math: Price per gallon

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Predicting gas prices is a tricky business. A lot depends on an understanding of ratios and proportions and the ability to reason with math.

Md. seeks comment on new exit exam requirement

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The HS graduation requirements are being updated for Md. students, since the PARCC tests in algebra 1 and English 10 replaced the former HSAs.

Grade 5 Common Core math: Joshua’s garden

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A garden has to be measured, and that requires some skill with fractions, as Joshua and a family in California find out.