## Monthly archives for January, 2013

# Increasing Instructional Time for Alg...

Double-dose of Algebra, research, Winter 2013
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Increasing Instructional Time for Algebra Boosts Student Performance and Graduation Rates —-Taking two periods of Algebra in 9th grade has long-run positive effects on lower-achieving students
“Double-dose” algebra—providing two consecutive periods of math ins [...]

# Math & Students Struggling as lo...

Mathematics Education: Being Outwitted by Stupidity-
The way we used to teach math mirrors our effective interventions for those students struggling as low achieving/learning disabled.
Math reformers promote a teaching approach in which understanding and process dominate over content. In lower grades, mental math and number sense are emphasiz [...]

# Marks of a Good Mathematics Program

Marks of a good mathematics program
It is impossible to specify all of the characteristics of a sound mathematics program in only a few paragraphs, but a few highlights may be identified. The most important criterion is strong mathematical content that conforms to a set of explicit, high, grade-by-grade standards such as the California [...]

# CPM differs in Mathematics Taught and...

The prinicipal technique in this series is the so-called guess and check method, which encourages repeated guessing of answeres, over the systematic development of standard mathematical techniques.
CPM puts low emphasis on symbol manipulation
CPM differes from traditional mathematics courses both in the mathematics that is taught and how it [...]

# How Did the CPM “New Instructio...

CCLM is dedicated to supporting the development of all leaders of mathematics education.
What are the mathematic views/philosophy of the CCLM organization ?
Walter Wakeman ,the Math Elementary Curriculum Leader in Fairfield for at least 10 years, is the President of the CCLM.
Megan Staples is the University Representative of the CCLM
John Ke [...]

# CPM Workshops in Fairfield?

CPM Workshops were opened to NOT only Fairfield Teachers but to other Districts.
Local Contact: Email Paul Rasmussen
To date, the Fairfield District has not voted on the New Secondary Math Textbook nor the New Secondary Math Curriculum to align with the Common Core Standards, but yet our District has hosted numerous CPM Workshops at our scho [...]

# Equitable Teaching Methods in the Mat...

Jo Boaler and Megan Staples reflect on the Railside Case Study. Read more…
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# Jo Boaler- Setting by Ability Does No...

According to her study in England Jo Boaler states setting by ability does not work
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# What’s Math Got To Do With It?

Jo Boaler’s opinions on Math in the Classroom.Mathematics in the “classrooms influence, to a high and regrettable degree, the confidence students have in their own intelligence. This is unfortunate both because math classrooms often treat children harshly, …..”
The 2004 controversial Railside Research Study (San Lore [...]

# CPM = Social Responsibility in Math C...

CPM teaches Social Responsibility in Math Class.
“Cooperative learning teams are successful only when every member has learned the material or has helped with and understood the assignment, It is important to emphasize and evaluate individual learning in MATH so team members can appropriately support and help one another. ” Word [...]

# Complex Instruction = CPM Instruction...

Learn more about the CPM instructional Model for Mathematics in our district. Two Professors Jo Boaler & Megan Staples mentions the CPM teaching model was used in their Railside Study.
Megan Staples has observed several Algebra I Math Classes in our district to ensure proper implementation of this new teaching method also called COMPLEX [...]

# Fairfield Secondary Math Presentation...

Fairfield Secondary Math Night Presentation used the following slide to prompt the new math program CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics) which is currently being implemented in all Algebra I classes across the district this year.
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# Promoting Student Detracked, Heteroge...

Megan Staples, UConn Prof/Researcher, has observed Math Classes in Fairfield to ensure proper implementation of our “NEW INSTRUCTIONAL CPM TEACHING MODEL” which uses the same guiding principles as “complex instruction”
Detracking and heterogeneous groupwork are two educational practices that have been shown to hav [...]

# Jo Boaler & Megan Staples –...

“The low and inequitable mathematics performance of students in urban American High Schools has been identified as a critical issue contributing to societal inequities. In an effort to better the field’s understanding of equitable and successful teaching, we report results from a four-year longitudinal study “- Railside Stu [...]

# CPM = Complex Instruction = Railside ...

College Preparatory Mathematics is built on the guiding principles of “Complex Instruction” ;an instructional method designed to make group work more effective as well as to promote equity in the classroom with the purpose of countering social and academic status differences in the classroom (Boaler, 2009).
The central part of CPM and CI ( [...]

# Jo Boaler’s Railside Study: The...

In the Jo Boaler’s Railside Study San Lorenzo HS dedicated itself to complex instruction (guiding principles of CPM), heterogeneous grouping, problem-based integrated math.
Boaler should not assert that San Lorenzo High is outperforming the other two shcools based on Freshman Algebra scores for many reasons- two being;
1) The freshman a [...]

# A Closer Examination of Boaler’...

The study followed the cohort of students at each school that started ninth grade in 2000, used a non-standard set of four tests, interviews, and a number of group projects to determing the mathematical competency of these students. The students at the two of the schools were said to have been taught mathematics using mainly “traditiona [...]

# Who is Jo Boaler? What is the Railsid...

The Railside Study dedicated itself to using College Preparatory Math (CPM) and IMP/other reform math at San Lorenzo HS. Jo Boaler, a Standord professor, conducted a longitudinal study of three schools that’ widely known as the Railside paper. She presented the results to a standing room only crowd at the National Meeting of NCMT in [...]

# Has our District Aligned Itself with ...

Dr Title,
We received the list of math programs currently piloted in K-2. Again we are very concerned. One of the programs, TERC Investigation, is widely criticized and we are wondering why this highly contested program is being piloted. What is said about TERC;
TERC has no interest in giving classroom time to standard arithmetic, and avoids [...]

# Standard Algorithm or “Cluster ...

Watch how your child will be learning math!
Listen to Seattle Meterologist, MJ McDermott, explain why Investigations and Everyday Mathematics should not be used in school systems. Watch as she tackles simple standard double digit multiplication problems with complex strategies used in Investigations and Everyday Math!
Which way is easier [...]

# Reviews of TERC : Investigations in N...

Reviews of TERC: Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
Basic Information and Introduction
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space is a K-5 curriculum developed by TERC Inc., Cambridge, MA, and marketed through Pearson Scott Foresman (and previously by Scott Foresman – Addison Wesley and by Dale Seymour). The TERC Investigations Pr [...]

# CPM : Self-Exploration and Spiraling ...

The book provides structured guidance during class time for the students to explore questions in study teams where they can work together and exploit each other’s insights to gain understanding. The teacher is always circulating through the classroom to monitor, guide, and intervene as necessary in the discussions so that students do n [...]

# Controversy over Fuzzy Math in Penfie...

Controversy over Mathematics in Penfield, NY, Public Schools
Since early 2005 a parent group in Penfield (a suburb of Rochester), New York, has been fighting for quality mathematics programs in their public schools. The parent group has a web site, Parents Concerned With Penfield’s Math Programs; please visit that site for the most up-t [...]

# A Statistician’s View of Constr...

She explains why traditional algorithms are needed to understand higher mathematics. It is extremely important that they are practiced until they are mastered. In fact, the new Common Core Standards recommend teaching the standard algorithms.
Everyday Math, Investigations in Number, Data, and Space, and other reform math programs have been hi [...]

# CPM Professional Development

Teachers who participate in coaching change their practice more so than those who are not coached… Sounds Expensive! But if we are going to drastically change the instructional method of teaching math, of course we want to do it correctly… after all we don’t want the students to fail!
See CPM Methodologies to understand ho [...]

# CPM: Use of Study Teams

Daily activities require much more work in study teams and much less introduction and explanation of ideas by the teacher. Study teams of four can reduce the number of students in the class from thirty-six to nine. Moreover, since members of the study team respond to routine inquiries, more of the teacher’s time can be spent dealing wi [...]

# CPM Methodologies

College Preparatory Mathematics recommends small group work done in study teams. A major reason for developing the CPM program was to provide some flexibility in how students could learn math and thus meet the needs of a greater number of students. This teaching method is a new concept for teachers. This is the place where most teachers have [...]

# Only 59% Pass Rate in 2006 When Using...

Penfield School District – 8th grade Math Scores. Penfield improves after dropping Investigation Math program. You can see only 59% passed in 2006. What does this mean 2/5 students need math remediation!
Penfield’s 7th grade class in 2006 received the same passing rate!
Understand their story… click here, and click here.

# Fairfield Math CMT Scores compared to...

Based on a six and seven year average (2006-2011/2012) Fairfield ranks third from the bottom for its Math CMT Scores (%At/Above Goal ) for each grade level when compared to 19 Districts in DRG A & B.* While other districts have shown some gains, Fairfield remains Flat across all three grades!
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*The 2006-2012 CMT M [...]

# Fairfield Elementary Math Program Tri...

Fairfield Elementary Math Pilot Programs
Riverfield, Grade 1, Singapore Math – Primary Mathematics , Number of Students =71
Riverfield, Grade 2, Origo Stepping Stones, Number of Students = 67
Osborn Hill, Grade 1, TERC Investigations, Number of Students = 85
Jennings, Kindergarten, Singapore Math – Math in Focus, Number o [...]

# CPM Professional Development

Per CPM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM, “Teachers who participage in coaching change their practice more so than those who are not coached.”.. Sounds Expensive! But if we are going to drastically change the instructional method of teaching math, of course we want to do it correctly… after all we don’t want the students to fail! [...]

# CPM: Using Team Roles with Study Team

CPM Team Roles with Study Team. Look inside the CPM Prescriptive Instructional Methods being used in the Algebra I classes this year. This is NOT ONLY a textbook but the “INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL” our District has ADOPTED for MATH!
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# Investigations Math = Fuzzy Math̷...

A FEW FACTS ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS MATH:
1) Investigations Math removes teaching the times tables to children and all memorization of math facts. (link)
2) There is no valid math study ever performed showing the effectiveness of Investigations Math. (link to article 1 &article 2)
3) California tried a program nearly identical to Investigati [...]

# Investigation Math in Penfield, NY di...

Penfield School District – 8th grade Math Scores. Penfield improves after dropping Investigation Math program. You can see only 59% passed in 2006. What does this mean 2/5 students need math remediation!
Penfield’s 7th grade class in 2006 received the same passing rate!
Parent Advocacy Group in Penfield
Please Read more..TERC [...]

# Miracle Math

While the goal of bolstering high-school math is a laudable one, the success of high-school students in math depends on what they’ve learned in the lower grades. If those foundations are weak….
A successful program from Singapore tests the limits of school reform in the suburbs
By BARRY GARELICK It was another body blow to education [...]

# A Textbook Case in Textbook Adoption

A Textbook Case in Textbook Adoption
Barry Garelick*
It was a textbook case on how to adopt substandard math textbooks. On June 15, 2005, the Washington, DC School Board voted to adopt Everyday Mathematics (EM) for elementary schools and Connected Math Program (CMP) for middle schools. The action was a photocopy of actions taken by other scho [...]

# Why Does School Board Allow Use of CP...

‘I hope the Fairfield’s Board of Education will instruct the Superintendent to stop using the unapproved Algebra 1 textbook when they meet at the Jan. 15 BOE meeting,’ the writer states.
Dear Editor:
I hope the Fairfield’s Board of Education will instruct the Superintendent to stop using the unapproved Algebra 1 textbook when the [...]

# CPM Concern: Conceptual Understanding...

Parents count on board help to change math program
Tigard-Tualatin parents concerned over college prep math get organized
By Jennifer Clampet
The Times, Dec 25, 2008
Parents concerned with a new math program in Tigard-Tualatin secondary schools officially launched a Web site recently — mathchoice.org.
The Web site launched just days after a r [...]

# CPM Math Performance & Remediati...

Performance Graphs
The following 4 graphs show the detrimental effect of CPM over time.
Graph 1: REMEDIATION RATE : The first Chart illustrates a massive increase in the number of students needing to take Remedial Math in College shortly after “reform math programs – like CPM” were implemented (a jump from 23% to 54% for remediation). Once m [...]

# CPM is a Curriculum & is secret...

Does new TTSD math program add up?
Parents for Math Choice plan to speak before the Tigard-Tualatin School Board tonight
BY JENNIFER CLAMPET
The Times, Dec 11, 2008
A new approach to teaching math is shaking up more than just the classrooms in Tigard-Tualatin’s secondary schools. Some parents are afraid it’s giving their kids a shaky founda [...]

# Email for Help: “Fuzzy MathR...

Parent writes : ” Hello, I am inquiring to find resources for imementing [implementing]everyday mathematics [Everyday Mathematics program] with a second grader who has moderate ADHD. Any thoughts? It seems difficult for him to appt the many different methods as he does best with over practice
of one method. Thanks in advance.”
A [...]

# Is Algebra Necessary?

Is Algebra Necessary?
By ANDREW HACKER
A TYPICAL American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra. In both high school and college, all too many students are expected to fail. Why do we subject American students to this ordeal? I’ve found myself moving toward the strong v [...]

# CPM Mathematics vs Traditional Mathem...

CPM Math vs. Traditional Math
Filed under: Opinionated on Thursday, August 18, 2005
Update 9/8/07: Here’s a great article on the state of K-12 math education in the U.S. and how any constructive debate on math instruction gets squelched by politics.
Last year Hubby and I attended a math orientation to learn about the differences between two [...]

# Singapore math is “our dirty li...

The success of Singapore’s programs relies in many ways on more traditional approaches to math education, such as explicit instruction and giving students many problems to solve, in some ways its very success represented a slap in the face to American math reformers, many of whom have worked hard to eliminate such techniques being used.
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# CPM in Santa Monica- Malibue Unified ...

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), has had its share of problems but there have been few issues quite as egregious as the “new-new” math curriculum mistakes. The curriculum problems in Santa Monica are complicated by an insidious form of discrimination where students in the more affluent neighborhood schools [...]

# Districts in CA that refuted or aband...

El Segundo— Great to see you and others getting organized. We are just getting started here. We’re in the process of forcing the district into creating a Math Advisory council made up of Teachers & Parents. We are “swallowing” hard on CPM for the first year. We are a very small district and cannot afford alternativ [...]

# Ffld Ranked 4th in DRG: 2011 CAPT Mat...

The faction is also concerned with the results of the 2011 Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) math scores, Marcus said. In Fairfield, 69.9 percent of high school students met the state goal for mathematics, ranking fourth in the school system’s district reference group (DRG) towns. That DRG include Greenwich (71.9 percent), Monroe ( [...]

# The Pedagogical Agenda of Common Core...

The popular interpretation of SMP is a pedagogical agenda that features student-centered and inquiry-based approaches.
Discovery and group learning approaches to math have had poor results when they have been used in classrooms across the country.
… Such a process while eliminating what the edu-establishment views as tedious “drill and [...]

## Fair TV January 24th BOE MEETING R...