## Posts in category Fairfield Curriculum

# The trend to two -tier math teaching&...

Sadly, the latest testing data from Ontario’s Education and Quality and Accountability Office is unsurprising: Student performance in mathematics is continuing its downward trend for the fifth straight year.
It doesn’t matter whether your child attends a highly sought-after publicschool, or a not so stellar one: Chances are the school’s math [...]

# Lacking Basic Academic Knowledge

We are shifting the focus in public education away from academic knowledge, so are these students really going to be ready for the 21st century?
How do you measure Non-academic World Force Skills? Students are lacking literacy and content knowledge, but can work in groups, but where are the skills and academic knowledge? We need to do more [...]

# Who’s Failing Math? THE SYSTEM

CANADA facing same issues on Failing Math !
Here’s some bad news from the world of education: Math scores are in decline across Canada. Just as kids in Poland and Portugal and other formerly disadvantaged countries are taking great leaps forward, ours are going backward. Our high schools are graduating kids who have failed to grasp the fundam [...]

# New Math – Part II 3 Reasons Wh...

My students come to me for math tutoring because they continue to flounder with the “new math” curriculum. For a complete description of what is being taught and how it feels for students, see Part I of this series. Part I – The New Math: Why We Have It
If expert mathematicians have redesigned the curriculum, why aren’t the results bette [...]

# Why We have the NEW MATH? Part 1

The NEW Math: Part I – WHY We Have It
“PLEASE, can you help me, Mrs. D.? We are having a math test TOMORROW and I don’t understand anything!” This has been the most common complaint I have from my sixth- and seventh-grade tutoring students (ages 11-13). Whether the topic involves geometry, equations, story problems, or even [...]

# Classroom chaos in Fairfield? Critics...

Classroom chaos? Critics blast new Common Core education standards
Published September 04, 2013
FoxNews.com
A full year before students around the nation submit to the new Common Core standardized tests, the federally-backed program is already causing chaos and confusion at local school board meetings, in the classroom and at the dinner table [...]

# WRONG Answers are Just Fine!

Is Common Core really saying this or our administrators once again spreading misinformation which then becomes truth to those (teachers, parents, students…) who hear it? Explain the reason for a wrong answer is OKAY!

# How could Calculus Sit Outside of the...

AP Calculus tests should be aligned with the Common Core, so why does Calculus sit outside of the Common Core? Does Calculus exceed the approved 15% over the Common Core Standards?
Why are we changing the AP tests…to hide the decline in college-readiness? If the AP Calculus test changes then one cannot compare pre-Common Core standards [...]

# Students assess the new math, group o...

Published: Monday, April 08, 2013 By Meg Learson Grosso
Photo by Meg Learson Grosso Three students from Fairfield’s Roger Ludlowe Middle School talked about whether they liked or didn’t like the new method of teaching Algebra I in the eighth grade.
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Three students taking 8th grade Alg [...]

# Liu: Dwyer’s statement should n...

Photo by Meg Learson Grosso From left, Board of Education members, Perry Liu, John Convertito and Jennifer Kennelly. By Meg Learson Grosso
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Fairfield Board of Education member Perry Liu has said that Phil Dwyer’s opinion piece, which ran in this newspaper last week, was “grossly inappropriate, [...]

# School Board, Parents Reach Math Text...

The Fairfield Board of Education reached a settlement with the parents who lodged a complaint with the state regarding the textbook piloted in Algebra I classes in the 2012-13
Members of Fairfield’s Board of Education. Credit: Patch File Photo.
300school year.
Posted by Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) , July 26, 2013 at 01:23 PM
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# Settlement in Fairfield Schools book ...

Board of Education members, include Vice Chairwoman Pam Iacono and Chairman Philip Dwyer, met briefly in public session Wednesday — after closed-door discussions — to approve proposed settlement of a complaint filed against school officials over the use of a “pilot” Algebra text in the last school year. FAIRFIELD CITI [...]

# Heated discussion at BOE, controversi...

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – Meg Learson Grosso
The discussion was sometimes heated as the Fairfield Board of Education talked about the state’s decision to investigate Fairfield’s use of a controversial Algebra I textbook without the approval of the board. According to state law, there must be such approval.
Board memb [...]

# Editorial:How can school board justif...

Any time members of a town board want to go behind closed doors to discuss the public’s business, the public should pay close attention.
And it’s time to pay close attention to the Fairfield Board of Education. (scroll down for comment section)
The board remains mired in a controversy involving the use this school year [...]

# The Faulty Logic of the Math Wars

THE STONE June 16, 2013, 10:20 pm 414 Comments
The Faulty Logic of the ‘Math Wars’
By ALICE CRARY and W. STEPHEN WILSON
There is a great progressive tradition in American thought that urges us not to look for the aims of education beyond education itself. Teaching and learning should not be conceived as merely instrumental affairs; t [...]

# Constant constructivism, group work a...

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By Laurie H. Rogers- November 5, 2012
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. … Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of thei [...]

# CT State Board of Education Finds Cau...

Core Connections CPM Algebra 1 Textbook
On April 24th, the State’s investigation into the complaint that Fairfield changed its Algebra 1 textbook without Board of Education (BOE) approval concluded that the “Fairfield Board failed to vote on the change of textbook for Algebra I classes, as required by C.G.S. Section 10-229.”
On Jun [...]

# Fairfield parents make their point, S...

Photo by Meg Learson Grosso At State Board of Education meeting in Hartford on June 5 is (from left) vice-Chairman Theresa Hopkins-Staten, Chairman Allan B. Taylor, and state Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor.
By Meg Learson Grosso / Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In a victory for Fairfield parents, the Connecticut State Board of E [...]

# A Progressive Philosophy in Fairfield...

PS 89: A Question of Philosophy
Tribeca Trib
January, 1998
Carl Glassman
Phoebe is not yet two, but her mother, Liz Berger, is already thinking about an elementary school for her. And she knows now that she would like to have a choice.
“How do I know that PS 234 is going to be the right school for her?” said Berger, a new m [...]

# State BOE Finds Cause and Orders Inqu...

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Parents-Upset-Over-New-Textbooks/210347141

# Fairfield textbook controversy hits s...

HARTFORD — The state Board of Education is being asked Wednesday to open an inquiry into the Fairfield Public School system’s full-year use of an Algebra 1 textbook without getting school board approval as state statutes require.
Even though the Fairfield board eventually scrapped the textbook that some parents deemed “fuzzy math,” the situa [...]

# State to probe Fairfield Textbook Cho...

Linda Conner Lambeck
Updated 11:41 pm, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
HARTFORD — The state Board of Education has determined that there is sufficient cause to order a formal inquiry into charges that the Fairfield public school system violated state statutes by its full-year use of an Algebra 1 textbook without school board approval. [...]

# Gap in Internet Access between Rich a...

Students depend strongly on the website to complete assignment through using e-books or social media. However, not every student has access.
~25% of Connecticut households do not have a broadband connection according to National Telecommunications and Information Administration latest report published in Nov 2011 based on 2010 data (slightly [...]

# Fairfield 10-4b Complaint Algebra I T...

Understanding the Answers to each of the remaining allegation in the complaint, as to why the District believes there were no technical violations:
“no change to the math textbook….textbook has not yet been finally adopted by the Board as it is part of a pilot program which has not yet been completed. Parents have yet to see the [...]

# CPM Complaint Investigation Currently...

In the letter dated April 17, the Department of Education was currently investigating the CPM complaint.
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# CPM Complaint to CT State Dept of Edu...

The Investigation of the Complaint was conducted under the direction of Commissioner Stefan Pryor. Fairfield parents are still waiting for a full report of the investigate from the Connecticut State Department of Education.
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# Enrichment or Mistake in the new Fair...

Enrichment Elementary Math Problem or a Mistake in the new de facto elementary patchwork textbook?
63 divided by X = 7 remainder 1
answer: x = 8.87323943661 (this might be a little advanced for 4th graders!)
Or does it mean:
63 divided by X = 7
x = 9
Or does it mean:
64 divided by X = 7 remainder 1
x = 9
Clearly – the answer and [...]

# Misinterpretation of the Common Core ...

Perhaps the most curious Common Core criticism comes on the math side, with opponents arguing that the standards are squishy, progressive, and lacking in rigorous content. While Common Core math standards do articulate ten math “practices,” mathematical content dominates the K–12 expectations. Unlike many of the replaced state standards, Comm [...]

# CT School Ranking – Fairfield E...

As can be seen, our existing elementary curriculum, which has been under the same leadership, has significantly deteriorated our standing. Eight of the eleven schools dropped in state ranking over the 2007 to 2012 time period. The Fairfield, CT school ranking based on CMT 4th grade 2007-2012 does not support the socioeconomic theory; Mill Hil [...]

# Students who receive free lunch outpe...

Students who receive free lunch outperform more affluent districts. So affluence is not a major determining factor in performance as some districts make it seem.
Still, it’s an impressive accomplishment by the two city schools: At Bronx Science, 46 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch; at Stuyvesant, 42 percent. Yet these [...]

# “Math Instructional Methodology...

Math Instructional Model gone Gone!! We shouldn’t move the pendulum too far!! Could this district be using CPM’s method of instruction?

# Fairfield, CT School officials: Drop ...

School officials: Drop controversial math text
Michael C. Juliano
Updated 8:22 am, Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Parents and school officials take in a presentation on the proposed revised math curricuulm for grades six through 10 during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Photo: Michael C. Juliano/Staff Photo
Administrators r [...]

# Fairfield Elementary CMT scores DID N...

The Following Table is populated with the percentage of students receiving GOAL RANGE for FAIRFIELD and the STATE, as a whole. The elementary curriculum leaders have been stating that the new curriculum based on “FUZZY MATH” has been successful based on the CMT results. That being said, CMT math scores (2007-2012) show Fairfiel [...]

# Peas and Carrots, TERC and How I Beca...

Most people who know me are well aware that I left the city — the coveted big, but cheap apartment, the day care we loved, the neighborhood we called home — for one, big reason: Schools. Isn’t that why anyone who has a decent-sized apartment leaves NYC?
My son’s well-regarded elementary school had lost its [...]

# Letter: School Board Must ‘Take...

To the Editor:
Ever since it became public several months that the School Administration changed the math curriculum without consulting the Board of Education and without disclosing to parents, I, like many, have been silently fuming. I have no child in the public schools any longer, but when they were, I was involved deeply in town governmen [...]

# Fairfield Administrators Recommend Ag...

Wakeman said each district has had success with its respective program — however he pointed out that in all three cases the program had to be supplemented in order for it to align properly with the district’s in-house curriculum.
Wakeman said although all four textbook programs have unique features and strengths, none are what might be [...]

# Testimony before the BOE

Hear what a Mathematic Professor at John Hopkins has to say about TERC – W. Stephen Wilson
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# Math Debate… Fourth Grade canno...

Countless students across the country whose lack of basic math skills may hurt their college career. Will they be “college and career ready” with these reform math programs? Practice your multiplication… master the fundamentals, so you can move on to more advanced math material.
Reform Math is heavy on story problems and lig [...]

# Flexible Grouping -Recognition for Ex...

Burr and Dwight Elementary School have been Flexible grouping for over 5 and 8 years respectively, so why isn’t it offered at other elementary schools?
Burr School was recognized for its “Exemplary Programming for Flexible Grouping in Mathematics” (see below).
Parents from other schools have requested the same instructional [...]

# Marilyn Burns Rejects Standard Paper-...

About Teaching Mathematics, Marilyn Burns
Marilyn Burns is vague about specific math learning objectives. But she’s clear that children shouldn’t learn standard arithmetic. Here are quotes from Teaching Arithmetic, Part III of in About Teaching Mathematics: A K–8 Resource.
“Facility with standard paper-and-pencil arith [...]

# Send “Yes” for Singapore...

Letter: Add Your Voice to Fairfield Math Curriculum Debate
This is a call to action from a Fairfield parent to others to unify on the math curriculum front.By Enrico Email the author March 2, 2013 Click here for article in Patch
We hope you are aware of the changes going on with your child’s math curriculum at this point and are concerned [...]

# Four Math Programs Piloted in Fairfie...

Parents urge you to spend a few minutes reading these comments provided by a Fairfield parent. You can make your own assessment. The program most lacking in public comment and analysis outside of sponsor-related marketing material is Origo Stepping Stones-a new program
1)Analysis/ Comparison of Singapore Math, Math in Focus and TERC (Origo St [...]

# CPM Pilot is Detrimental to Students&...

With a cohort of Zion-Benton High School students who strictly used CPM, this longitudinal study found the following:
Entering Freshman year, 39.3 percent of the students were meeting College Readiness Benchmarks. We all know this number should improve as they move students through high school math. However at Zion-Benton High School, the opp [...]

# Fairfield Math Department thinks 8+5=...

Dr. Title, Mr. Dwyer and other BOE members ask the Fairfield Parents to have faith in our Administrators’ recommendations and decisions as they relate to the Math Education and Programs our children will be receiving in this district for the next several years… TERC Investigations and CPM!
It is upsetting for the Fairfield paren [...]

# The Correct Class to teach CPM &...

DURING GYM CLASS!
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On a recent afternoon, the third graders in Sharon Patelsky’s class reviewed words like “acronym,” “clockwise” and “descending,” as well as math concepts like greater than, less than and place values.
During gym class.
Ms. Patelsky, the physical education teacher at Everglades Elementary School here, [...]

# Has Constructivism Increased Special ...

Has Constructivism Increased Special Education Enrollment in Public Schools? By Nakonia (Niki) Hayes nakonia69 January 16, 2013
As a teacher and administrator for 28 years, I rebelled against the disastrous fad of constructivism that began in the 1980’s. While its drumbeaters declared it was a higher form of intellectualism, it didn’t s [...]

# Will Common Core put an end to Math W...

EN: Will the Common Core put an end to what has sometimes been termed the “math wars”? In your view, do the math standards resemble those recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and what do you make of that similarity (or lack thereof)?
WSW: The end of the math wars! You must be joking.
There will always be peop [...]

# TERC Investigations removed in States...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 Sign the petition against TERC math | click here for the link
Math Investigations is a highly controversial math program that has been removed in states, counties, and districts across the country. When you begin to read the research and unravel the data, you will begin to understand what the Board of Education, teache [...]

# Rotten to the Core: Reader Feedback f...

Click here for link .
I have more installments of my Rotten to the Core series on the federalized national curriculum “standards” coming next week. (See parts one and twohere and here.) In the meantime, I’m sharing several of the e-mails pouring in from teachers, parents, and activists across the country who are fighting this juggernaut acr [...]

# Why isn’t Fairfield looking at ...

Common Core Readiness
Holt McDougal Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 were built for the Common Core Math Standards. With program components and features designed to help prepare students for NEW high-stakes assessments, Holt McDougal Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 Common Core Editions are focused on preparing students for the new era in mat [...]

# After Implementing CPM in Mansfield A...

Mansfield School District piloted CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics) in 8th Grade Algebra I classes last year, yet scores did not improve.
Actually 8th grade CMT scores dropped in MATH for % AT/ABOVE Goal!
Hooray! CMT scores arrive- BUT are our kids stupide and WHO DO WE FIRE?
From September to March, Connecticut students practiced for the [...]

# Uniformity Is NOT Equality

The biggest fans of standardizing education are those who look at our children and see only future employees. Click here to link to article
The top-down, test-driven, corporate-styled “accountability” movement — featuring prescriptive state standards — has already done incalculable damage to our children’s classrooms, particularl [...]

# Increasing Instructional Time for Alg...

Double-dose of Algebra, research, Winter 2013
Click here for entire article
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 [...]

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

Fairfield Board of Education 1/24/2013
Recommendation from BOE members: BOE needs to talk earlier on about the budget, not the last minute. This has been stated numerous times, but has been ignored by the Administration.
BOE members were asking the Superintendent to come up with approximately $1.5 million in cuts to the budget.
Some of the m [...]

# 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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# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 ( [...]

# Do Apples = Oranges???

The District has compared the number of Students receiving A’s in Algebra this year versus last. This is an interesting comparison since different tests were administered this year versus last. An administrator with an understanding of math or statistics would realize that this is like saying, “an apple is the same as an orange&# [...]

# 2011 & 2012 SAT scores- Fairfiel...

The following two tables illustrate the ….
In 2011, Fairfield had the lowest average SAT score compared to the surrounding towns. Fairfield’s average SAT score was 112 points lower than the average of the other towns listed. In 2012, Fairfield’s average SAT score dropped steeply. Fairfield’s average SAT score was 1 [...]

# Lower Quartile 2006-11 CMT Mathematic...

Elementary students in grades three through five will have a new math curriculum. In response, Anna Cutaia-Leonard said the school district would like to use a new math text, but now is not the right time because publishing companies are updating textbooks to Common Core Standards. She said the school district would then choose textbooks that [...]

# Understanding the Math Changes in Fai...

If The Current Change in Math Curriculum Does Not Impact You This Year…Wait…It Will Next Year!
This year, the Fairfield School District has decided to purchase and utilize textbooks and a curriculum from an outside source, College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM). They are utilizing the State’s shift to the Common Core Curriculum Standards as a [...]

# The Perils and Promises of Discovery ...

Unfortunately, research doesn’t support the superiority of discovery learning over direct instruction, as cognitive psychologist and researcher Richard Mayer pointed out in 2004.1 More recently, a 2011 meta-analysis of 580 comparisons between discovery learning and direct instruction found that direct instruction is superior to discove [...]

# Fairfield SAT Scores 2012 Drop

Fairfield SAT scores 2012 –
A school administrator points to the larger number of test takers as the reason for a sharp drop in the 2012 average Scholastic Aptitude Test scores at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Margaret Boice, director of secondary education, said, noting that 317 Ludlowe students took the SAT this year, compared to 30 [...]

# Fairfield Citizen: Letter: Math curri...

The new math curriculum is not receiving rave reviews. It has not been successful in California and is not being used elsewhere in Connecticut. So how and why was this curriculum chosen? What makes the administration think it will be successful in Fairfield? The new demands on our curriculum to meet the guidelines of common-core standards are [...]

# If The Current Change in Math Curricu...

This year, the Fairfield School District has decided to purchase and utilize textbooks and a curriculum from an outside source, College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM). They are utilizing the State’s shift to the Common Core Curriculum Standards as an impetus for this change. Curriculum Leaders from other Connecticut districts, such as Westpo [...]

## Who decided what when? Math text cont...