Washington state debates the best way to teach math

08/16/2009 | Seattle Times, The

By 2013, high-school students in Washington state will have to earn an additional math credit -- bringing the minimum up to three -- and pass end-of-course tests to graduate. New textbooks are needed to help students meet the standard, but state education officials, teachers and parents are sharply divided on a choice between two types -- one a concepts-driven approach, the other a more traditional math curriculum with more emphasis on practice exercises.

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