Friday, September 18, 2015

Math problems of the week: Common Core-inspired test questions vs. Singapore Math

I. From a sample 3rd grade question from from Pennsylvania's revised PSSA tests (given at the end of 3rd grade):


II. The wordiest problem in the Singapore Math 3B placement test, which tests readiness for moving on to the fourth grade curriculum:




II. Extra Credit:

Compare the verbal and mathematical demands of the two problems. To what extent does each reward mathematical cleverness as opposed to reading skills?


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