MATHEMATICS
EDUCATION SEMINAR
MATHEMATICS
504 – SECTION 1
CRN: 34797
INSTRUCTOR
Matt
Roscoe
Office:
Math 205A
Office
Phone: (406) 2436689
Cell
Phone: (406) 2032112
Email: roscoem@mso.umt.edu
COURSE
DESCRIPTION
The Programme for
International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international survey which aims
to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of
15yearold students. It is given every three years. Around 510,000 students in 65 economies took
part in PISA 2012 representing about 28 million 15yearolds globally. The
results of the PISA 2012 survey were released on December 3, 2013. Our seminar will examine results of the PISA
2012 survey while learning about how PISA has and continues to influence
rhetoric that shapes policy in mathematics education in the United States and
the world.
COURSE
GOALS
Upon successful completion, students will be
able to:
1. Report a minimum of
three important findings resulting from PISA 2012 and their implications for
mathematics education in the United States,
2. Describe the
framework for the mathematics component of the PISA exam,
3. Explain how the PISA
2012 results apply to gender comparisons of performance in mathematics, and,
4. Explain how the PISA 2012
results apply to comparisons of performance in mathematics for students of
diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
TEXT
FORMAT
Participants in the seminar will be asked to
prepare and present at least once during the semester. Each presenter should come prepared to
accomplish two goals:
1)
Help
seminar participants know the PISA survey by one of two means.
a)
Lead
a discussion of an assessment item from the PISA released items in
mathematics. The item should be provided
to seminar participants one week in advance of discussion. A written solution and your critique of the
problem are due on the day of presentation (500 words).
b)
Present
a wellresearched and factually supported answer to one of the PISA big questions
listed below. A written summary of our findings is due on the day of the
presentation (500 words).
2)
Help
seminar participants understand the effects of the PISA exam by leading a
discussion of an article chosen from our text.
Your role will be to lead seminar participants in purposeful discussion
that moves beyond a reiteration of main points made in the article. For example you might motivate discussion
that that seeks to elicit the implications of the article’s findings on
practice or policy or curriculum design in mathematics education.
PISA
BIG QUESTIONS
1. What entity is
responsible for authoring and administering the PISA exam?
2. Who takes the PISA
exam?
3. What types of
mathematical knowledge does PISA assess?
4. Historically, how has
the US performed on the PISA assessments in mathematics?
5. What does PISA tell
us about the mathematical performance of boys versus girls in mathematics in
the US and elsewhere?
6. What does PISA tell
us about the mathematical performance of students from diverse socioeconomic
backgrounds in the US and elsewhere?
7. How does PISA insure
the validity and reliability of its assessment items across a diversity of
languages?
END
PRODUCT
Students taking the seminar for credit will
be expected to collaborate to produce an “end product” of our semesterlong
study of the PISA survey. This product
will be an article intended to inform Montana teachers of mathematics about the
PISA survey, the PISA 2012 results and the implications of PISA to their
practice. We will seek publication of
this article in the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics newsletter. This end product is due the day of the final
exam.
FINAL
A final exam that measures student
acquisition of the learning goals of the course will be given to students
taking the seminar for credit. You are
allowed to use your notes on the exam.
GRADING
Presentation 
8 Points 
End Product 
16 Points 
Final 
16 Points 
Total 
40 Points 
SEMESTER
SCHEDULE
DATE 
PRESENTER 
BIG QUESTION or SAMPLE PROBLEM 
CHAPTER 
January
28 
Organizing
Meeting 


February
4 
Matt
Roscoe 
SAMPLE
PROBLEM 
CHAPTER 6 
February
11 
Rachel
Chaphalkar 
BIG
QUESTION #4 
CHAPTER 14 
February
18 
Beth Lask 
BIG
QUESTION #5 
CHAPTER 8 
February
25 
Grant Swicegood 
BIG
QUESTION #7 
CHAPTER 16 
March 4 
Meredith
Berthelson 
SAMPLE
PROBLEM 
CHAPTER 5 
March
11 
Jack Lelko 
BIG
QUESTION #2 
CHAPTER 10 
March
18 
Adam
Clinch 
BIG
QUESTION #3 
CHAPTER 15 
March
25 
Andria
Disney 
BIG QUESTION
#1 
CHAPTER 11 
April 1 
SPRING
BREAK 

April 8 
Group
Article Writing Session 

April
15 
Jim
Hirstein 
SAMPLE
PROBLEM 
Chapter 3 
April
22 
Matt
Roscoe 
SAMPLE
PROBLEM 
Chapter 2 
April
29 
Matt
Roscoe 
SAMPLE
PROBLEM 
Chapter 2 
May 6 
Group
Article Writing Session 

Final:
Monday, May 12, 8:0010:00AM 
LINKS
PISA RELEASED ITEMS – MATHEMATICS 2012 &
2006
PISA RELEASED ITEMS – MATHEMATICS 2012 & 2006