#3 .. The average of the SPS Math MSP difference for the four years from 2010-2011 thru 2013-2014: Difference is Seattle's Pass Rate average minus State's pass rate average.
Grade 3 +7.18% Grade 4 +7.28% Grade 5 +5.73%
#4 .. The differences from SBAC Math testing for 2014-2015 (the first year of Math in Focus)
Grade 3 +7.20% Grade 4 +9.40% Grade 5 +7.90%
#6 .. Qualified teachers who know math and a good math textbook are the two most important educational tools. .... Now if only those teachers were given enough preparation time.
#7 .. It appears that the SPS math leaders may be planning to change the scope and sequence of Math in Focus teaching to a different presentation order than what the MIF book recommends complete with non-MiF supplements. I would certainly question any decision in that direction at this time.
Update: -- it seems that
Teachers will be required to follow the SPS district developed ELA and Math Scope and Sequence unless a teacher gets an approved waiver. --- seems the same thing is happening in Highline SD.
The rationale for these moves is apparently Common Core State Standards alignment. It would be wonderful if the rationale was to maximize student learning by following a proven effective program of instruction. Instead we will likely see tinkering with scope and sequence as well as adding and deleting materials used for instruction. Yet why would these changes be effective? Is there any relevant data or is it just philosophical belief that drives SPS decision-making?
Math in Focus is not the original Singapore Primary Math Series, used by many home-schoolers and high performing charter schools. Singapore Primary Math Series was also used in the past by Craig Parsley at Boren STEM school in West Seattle and for a long time at Schmitz Park school in West Seattle.