Thursday, February 26, 2009

DESE and METS are supporting this?

Everyday Math and Investigations are
two of the Elementary Programs given
(see #8 at above link)
The math programs listed there are the same
programs in the report
Committee for a Review of the Evaluation Data
on the Effectiveness of NSF-Supported and Commercially
Generated Mathematics Curriculum Materials
In response to our charge, the committee finds that:
The corpus of evaluation studies as a whole across the 19 programs studied does not permit one to determine the effectiveness of individual programs with high degree of certainty, due to the restricted number of studies for any particular curriculum, limitations in the array of methods used, and the uneven quality of the studies.

Therefore, according to our charge, we recommend that:
No second phase of this evaluation review should be conducted to determine the effectiveness of any particular program or set of curricular programs dependent on the current database.
Your tax dollars are at work, promoting these
commercial products in MO
And check out this district's savings after dropping EDM:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Missouri Math

A statewide alliance of parents, students, teachers and community members with the mission of promoting authentic math education in Missouri public schools through world-class mathematics standards and high quality curriculum.
There's an informational flyer that you can print out

Friday, February 6, 2009

Please Voice Your Opinion

Missouri's weak state math standards and assessments are misleading school districts to choose mediocre instructional materials, believing that they will help students perform better on required mediocre state exams.

Look at the programs reviewed and the conclusions made by the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. Then scroll down here to see the list of "approved mathematics curricula" for eMints/METS classroom grants today.

The Algebra I "End of Course Exam" is not what high school math teachers would consider Algebra I.

We need truth in labeling!

Don't take my word for it - ASK teachers or college faculty in your area for their opinions.

If you feel that there is a problem which must be addressed, PLEASE WRITE:

Missouri House of Representatives
(Look for Members of Committees involved in Education)

Missouri Senate
(Look for Members of Committees involved in Education)

Correspondence to the State Board of Education should be addressed to the Secretary of the Board of Education with a request to forward it to individual Board members.
Missouri State Board of Education

Please consider copying your correspondence to the
Missouri Math Coalition and to your local School Board.


How does funding intented for educational technology affect school math programs?

Grant program-approved mathematics curriculum models
Missouri METS Coalition/Alliance
"Competitive priority will be given to applicants who have implemented National Science Foundation (NSF) funded mathematics and/or science curriculum that is research-based and standards-based."

Mathematics – Eligible mathematics curricula include the following:
Elementary Mathematics
a. Everyday Mathematics®
b. Investigations in Number, Data and Space®
c. Math Trailblazers™
Middle School (Junior High School) Mathematics
a. Connected Mathematics 2™
b. Mathematics in Context®
c. MathScape: Seeing and Thinking Mathematically™
d. MATH Thematics
High School Mathematics
a. Contemporary Mathematics in Context©
b. Interactive Mathematics Program™
c. MATH Connections®: A Secondary

Core Mathematics Curriculum
d. Mathematics: Modeling Our World
e. SIMMS: Integrated Mathematics

Does this mean that if a school district wants to write a grant for badly needed technology, they have to have adopted these mediocre math materials?

I truly hope not! It's just wrong!!