Friday, April 10, 2009
West Newbury .... detailed math confusion article
Administrators summarize current program
By Jennifer Solis correspondent
WEST NEWBURY — Pentucket administrators provided a written summary on the status of the district's math curriculum in this week's School Committee packet. According to the summary, math curriculum assessment is currently underway at the elementary and secondary school levels with a goal of coordinating and articulating content, instruction and assessment.
... This article contains descriptions of almost all the same unproductive nonsense seen everywhere when districts attempt to make defective instructional materials work.
..... a math curriculum specialist was hired in 2007 ...... Teachers at that level have worked within their professional learning communities .... with grade-level teams ...... A group of parents and administrators began meeting monthly last September to review improvements and challenges i....
They held an Everyday Math night in October 2008 to educate parents about the Every Day Math program used at the elementary level and to gather input from parents.
Math teachers ... discussed ways to better facilitate the transition between sixth and seventh grade; gaps in student math facts are being addressed; and teachers have access to an after-school professional development series aimed at improving math instruction competency.
.....falling standardized math scores .... the district took an aggressive approach to ensuring student achievement.
..."Staff analyzed data and identified specific math concepts presenting the greatest challenge to students
The article continues with more of this attempted math repair.
If you are playing tennis with a two by four, you might need lessons but the initial move should be to get a tennis racket.
Please administrators and school board members get decent instructional materials before flushing more time, effort, and dollars. It is really not as difficult as the marketeers of professional development and high $$$ services would like us to believe.
Read "What is Important in School Mathematics" here: