## Posts in category Fuzzy Math Fails!

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# Connecticut State Board of Education ...

By Meg Learson Grosso, June 6, 2013
In a victory for Fairfield parents, the Connecticut State Board of Education voted today to investigate the use of an Algebra I text book , before it had been voted on by the Fairfield Board of Education.
Attorney Laura Anastasio, who investigated the matter for Stefan Pryor, the state Commissioner of Educa [...]

# GOP primary: Math advocates defeat Ia...

John Llewellyn and Eileen Liu-McCormack won the Republican primary for seats on the Board of Education. Contributed photo. Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
by Meg Learson Grosso
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Republican incumbents Pamela Iacono and Robert B. Bellitto, Jr. lost bids for re-nomination when Republicans hel [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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. [...]

# Common Core and Deep Understanding?

May 29, 2013
Common Core And ‘Deep Understanding’
On the Brown Center Chalkboard, a blog produced by the Brookings Institution, Tom Loveless has a terrific post (not just because he cites me). He writes:
Deeper Learning is the current term for an old idea. The notion is that schools spend too much time focused on the acquisition o [...]

# Rich Kids will get it somewhere else&...

The premise is simple. If public schools don’t teach algebra or chemistry or history or great literature or how to write well—the old-fashioned learning that has been around for centuries and remains high status knowledge in most cultures—rich kids will get it somewhere else. Poor kids won’t.
Tom Loveless | May 29, 2013 11:00am
The [...]

# WSJ: Common Core Education Is Uncommo...

Jamie Gass and Charles Chieppo: Common Core Education Is Uncommonly Inadequate
The federal intrusion in schools also brings standards that are academic-lite.
May 27, 2013, 6:42 p.m. ET By JAMIE GASS
AND CHARLES CHIEPPO
Massachusetts student test scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and SATs were unremarkable in th [...]

# Some states are pushing back on the c...

math/2013/05/28/82d8ad94-c76b-11e2-9cd9-3b9a22a4000a_story.html
May 28, 2013 07:52 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 12:52 AM
By Associated Press
Of the 45 states that adopted the Common Core reading, math and writing standards, nine are having second thoughts.
Some states are seeking to slow implementation, while others are trying to repea [...]

# 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 [...]

# Two Moms vs. Common Core

Indiana has become the first state to retreat from the Common Core standards, as Governor Mike Pence has just signed a bill suspending their implementation.
A great deal has been written and spoken about Common Core, but it is worth rehearsing the outlines again. Common Core is a set of math and English standards developed largely w [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# Reason for Common Core Standards R...

It is more important than ever that we create a level playing field to give students from all states equal opportunity to thrive in our technology-driven world in which formulas and equations play a crucial role. With more and more jobs requiring more and more mathematical knowledge, we are obligated to provide our children with equal access [...]

# “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 [...]

# System Failure: The Collapse of Publi...

Comment to Article : How about that After more than a decade using uber trendy Teachers College reading programs and NCTM “new-new” math programs in NYC we see what some warned of long ago, certainly parents in Manhattan where the programs were piloted – who were forced to tutor their children halfway through their K- [...]

# TRADITIONAL MATH MEANS NEVER HAVING T...

click here for article
Last year at a meeting of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (a Presidential appointed panel charged with drafting recommendations on how best to prepare students for algebra), a woman named Sherry Fraser read a statement into the public record which began as follows:
“How many of you remember your high schoo [...]

# 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 [...]

# The Latest TIMSS and PIRLS Scores

In December 2012, the latest international test scores were released. The Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) is given every four years, and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is given every five years. The latest results came from the 2011 administration of both tests, a unique event. Because of [...]

# 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 [...]

# Math problems of the week: Circles in...

In honor of Pi day, I wanted to find some comparison problems involving circumferences and areas of circles. 6th grade Sinapore Math has a whole chapter devoted to “Circles,” so I turned next to the 6th grade Everyday Math curriculum. To my surprise, there isn’t a single problem in the entire curriculum involving circle are [...]

# Narrowing the Achievement Gap: how cu...

Out In Left Field
OILF is a blog for left-brainers and parents of left-brainers. It discusses left-brain needs, promotes left-brain strengths, and monitors right-brain biases (esp. Reform Math, Constructivism, and cooperative learning) in education and elsewhere. February 26, 2013
Narrowing the achievement gap, as I noted earl [...]

# Testimony before the BOE

Hear what a Mathematic Professor at John Hopkins has to say about TERC – W. Stephen Wilson
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# Improving Math Success in Higher Educ...

Many students begin higher education unprepared for college-level work in mathematics and must take non-credit developmental courses. Furthermore, many are math-phobic and avoid courses, majors and careers that involve quantitative work. Yet science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are among the few job-growth are [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# U.S. Students Still Lag Globally in M...

December 11, 2012 – NY Times
By MOTOKO RICH Clich here for link
Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth graders are closer to the top performers in reading, according to test results r [...]

# 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 [...]

# Early SKILLS for Later MATH LEARNING

Key Early Skills for Later Math Learning Discovered
July 25, 2011 — Psychologists at the University of Missouri have identified the beginning of first grade math skills that teachers and parents should target to effectively improve children’s later math learning.
A long-term psychology study indicates that beginning first graders tha [...]

# Basic Math Skills Linked to PSAT Math...

Basic Math Skills Linked to PSAT Math Success
Jan. 4, 2013 — New research from Western University provides brain imaging evidence that students well-versed in very basic single digit arithmetic (5+2=7 or 7-3=4) are better equipped to score higher on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), an examination sat by millions of students in [...]

# Common Core… Control Totality &...

The Washington Post
The Answer Sheet
Former education commissioner blasts Common Core process — update
Posted by Valerie Strauss on February 13, 2013 at 10:45 am
Updated: Organization that helped pioneer Common Core challenges Scott’s recollection; Scott stands by comments; early Common Core Memorandum of Understanding for states.)
A [...]

# 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 [...]

# DEATH of MATH

= Death of Math
There is a very good reason that there are so many charter schools in Alpine School District that use Saxon math. Thousands of parents fled the district starting around 2001 when the district wouldn’t listen to them that Investigations math was a disaster.
The district’s mantra was “all the studies show this is the best way [...]

# 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 [...]

# CMP and TERC Programs

School math books, nonsense, and the National Science Foundation
This problem comes from a 7th grade math quiz that accompanies a widely used textbook series for grades 6 to 8 called Connected Mathematics Program or CMP.[1] The solution appears in the CMP Teacher’s Guide and is supported by a discussion of sample student work.
Problem: Find [...]

# Drop in % Completing CPM courses in S...

In the NY Times Sunday Review (February 2, 2013) “The Boys at the Back” , there arises the question as to why boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized test, but are far less likely to get good grades in school, take advanced classes or attend college.
Similar articles, also point out the underachievement of [...]

# 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 [...]

# A Math Teacher on Common Core Standar...

Everyday Mathematic Program is similar to TERC Investigations – Both are Fuzzy Math Programs.
Stephanie Sawyer gives her view of the flaws of the Common Core math standards:
I don’t think the common core math standards are good for most kids, not just the Title I students. While they are certainly more focused than the previous NCTM-in [...]

# 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 [...]

# Do We Need a New Way to Teach Math?

IMP (Interactive Math Program) is very similar to CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics). These Math Programs were used in the Railside Study. Click here.
Click here for “Do We Need a New Way to Teach Math?” and read the student comments about IMP program. Students (Jose M., Camila, Isabella, Carolina…) who studied under t [...]

# 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 [...]

# Equalizing Mediocrity

Sandra Stotsky- September 23, 2010 – NY Times. Click here for link
The case for national standards rests in part on the need to remedy the inconsistent aims and inferior quality of many state standards and tests in order to equalize academic expectations for all students. The argument also addresses the urgent need to increase academic [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 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 Invest [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# Seattle School Board must improve ove...

Testimony 7-7-2010 at Seattle School Board
Directors, I am Dan Dempsey 7-7-2010
From the Washington State Auditor’s Office report 7-6-10: ….. “Quote”
RESULTS Overarching Conclusion
Our audit found the School Board and executive management must improve oversight of District operations.
We noted several instances in which public assets were [...]

# Administrators owe answers on math ch...

Administrators over the summer very quietly — and apparently without proper approvals — changed the methods by which math is being taught in secondary schools and switched to a new textbook that students are not allowed to take home.
In addition to using a textbook that parents can’t consult, a new teaching method was adopte [...]

# Fairfield Parents Demand Answers abou...

Students work in groups to solve word problems, and each student is assigned a role in the solution process, according to CPM’s principles.
The school board is scheduled to hear a presentation and vote on the secondary school mathematics curriculum in April.
But the district has already begun rolling out the CPM methodology and textbook [...]

# 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&# [...]

# Fairfield District Leaders are Interp...

A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards – by Barry Garelick from The Atlantic
Scroll down to comments: NOTE the Comment by Bill McCallum (one of the authors of the Common Core): William McCallum barrygarelick • 13 days ago
It seems strange to me to be basing a claim on a couple of sentences in a draft document about the [...]

# Content Review of CPM Mathematics

Content Review of CPM Mathematics
With regard to mathematics content, this program does not sufficiently addrss the content standards and applicable evaluation criteria to be recommended for adoption.
In summary, most of the program is below the specified standards level and there is too much of an assumption that work will be done in teams.
[...]

# Parent are welcomed to comment at BOE...

Board to discuss parents’ concerns about new method for teaching math
-BOE meeting is scheduled for December 11th 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Central Office, 501 Kings Highway East.
-The Board of Education welcomes parents sharing information and their own perspectives on matters concerning their children.
-Parents are welcom [...]

# MATH PROBLEMS: Why the US Department ...

By David Klein
Specific shortcomings
College Preparatory Math (CPM), a high school program, also requires students to use calculators almost daily. The principal technique in this series is the so-called guess-and-check method, which encourages repeated guessing of answers over the systematic development of standard mathematical techniques. B [...]

# Questions asked by Fairfield Parents ...

Yet to be answered from index card submitted the night of the presentation…
How many Connecticut school districts are currently using CPM and what are their standardized tests results? Do their middle school districts have more than two levels of mathematical instruction per grade level?
CPM has been around for 2 decades and has taught [...]

# Singapore Math: Expect more schools i...

“My students actually have become better math thinkers,” said Scott Sheets, a fifth-grade math teacher at Clays Mill Elementary, which began using Singapore math this year.
As its name indicates, Singapore math was developed in the small southeast Asian nation that bears its name. It has attracted the interest of American educators because st [...]

# ‘Innovative’ Math, but Ca...

“My whole experience in math the last few years has been a struggle against the program,” Jim said recently. “Whatever I’ve achieved, I’ve achieved in spite of it. Kids do not do better learning math themselves. There’s a reason we go to school, which is that there’s someone smarter than us with somet [...]

# The Common Core Math Standards

the Common Core defers fluency in division to grade 6. Fractions are touted as the Common Core’s greatest strength, yet the Common Core pushes teaching division of fractions to grade 6 without ever expecting students to master working with a mix of fractions and decimals. Students in Singapore, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong achieve fluency in f [...]

# The Poverty Myth Persists

Want a convenient scapegoat for our problems? Poverty. It’s there, it’s handy.
I sat through an hour meeting of our small school district’s budget committee last week, most of it devoted to bemoaning our fate as a “poor district” (over 60 percent of our kids qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, the standard definition of “poor” for schoo [...]

# It’s Not Just Writing: Math Nee...

Today’s fashion is to throw away the textbook and to teach kids to think like mathematicians. The problem? They’re not learning how to do actual math.
This is where reform texts come in. In the early 1990’s, the National Science Foundation awarded grants to various universities and institutions to develop math programs tha [...]

# A statistician’s view of constructivi...

I’ve had 4 years of undergraduate math courses, two years of graduate math courses, and I have taught graduate-level math courses. I had never seen the “lattice” method, the Egyptian method, or any of these other alternative algorithms until last year when I looked at Everyday Math homework. Students don’t need them, and those met [...]

# 2+2=5 Fuzzy Math Invades Wisconsin Sc...

What is it about this new approach to teaching math that so concerned these parents? The “new-new” math classroom is based on the notion that children understand and learn only those concepts that they “construct” or discover on their own. The teacher is discouraged from providing information or imparting knowledge, an [...]

# U.S lag in science, math a disaster i...

Almost everyone, from educators to government officials to industry experts, laments the lackluster abilities and performance of our nations’ students in science, technology, engineering and math (know as STEM education).Two indicators are particularly worrisome, especially as this country experiences greater global competition and high [...]

# 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 [...]

# In defense of direct instruction: Con...

Many educators believe children should learn math by struggling and failing, inventing their own methods, drawing pictures and boxes, counting on fingers, play-acting, continually working in groups, and asking several classmates for help before asking the teacher. This process of learning is called constructivism (also known as “discovery” or [...]

# You Tube of Michael DeBell’s co...

BOE member, DeBell’s comment on Discovering Series, a constructivist math program. This is the third time he has gone through an math curriculum adoption as BOE member. Michael DeBell, Seattle School Board President, took the time to research the math curriculum recommendations in his district. He showed a great example of informed o [...]

# Haverford HS Students, Parents Debate...

Parents and students who were opposed to CPM said they do not think the program is effective because CPM’s group learning approach (in which students in the classroom work in groups to solve math problems) does not meet all students’ learning styles. Parents opposed to the program also said they do not think CPM has raised standardized test s [...]

# Lower Merion Fifth Graders Prepare fo...

A major CPM shortcoming is that it favors children with strong language skills. Making math all about words must be demoralizing for a lot of boys in particular who might typically excel in math but not language arts. And for the children who learn best in a structured environment, like mine, forget it. CPM is a Berkeley invention that I imag [...]

# Singapore Math arriving in Bridgeport...

The new books include a literacy series called “Journeys,” a math series that focuses on Singapore Math, a teaching method in sync with the proposed Common Core State Standards being developed in the state and nationwide.
Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/New-books-arriving-in-Bridgeport-schools-3657645.php#ixzz2CyFG [...]

# Vallas calls for creating new high sc...

Vallas, regarded as a prominent public education reformer, was hired by the state-appointed school district in January. His task was to not only balance the budget but to help the district.
The plan would cut central office staff by one-third and reduce the number of school aides — there are more than 400 in the district. To compensate, [...]

# American Teens Trail Global Peers in ...

The test, called the Program for International Student Assessment, has been given every three years since 2000 to 15-year-old students. Last year, when the test was administered, 60 countries participated. The test is designed to assess how prepared teenagers are in three key categories—mathematics, science and reading—versus their peers in [...]

# As Math Skills Slip, U.S. Schools See...

The Singapore method continues to attract fans. Inspired by North Middlesex, 20 schools in 12 different districts across Massachusetts are now running Singapore pilot programs. North Middlesex is a farming and commuter district that’s an hour’s drive from Boston.
North Middlesex’s program got rolling soon after the educatio [...]

# Arthur Levine: The Suburban Education...

The U.S. economy could be $1 trillion a year stronger if Americans only performed at Canada’s level in math.
The problem America faces, then, is that its urban school districts perform inadequately compared with their suburban counterparts, and its suburban districts generally perform inadequately compared with their international count [...]

# BallPoint Wren Blog – CPM Math ...

Opinion Section contains a middle school student’s description of CPM Math – posted Sept 2012. Her frustration is heard loud and clear… She explains that she is responsible for teaching others in her group who do not understand the math task. In addition, she is not permitted to advance once she has figured out the problem, bec [...]

# Controversy over Mathematics in Penfi...

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. Curricula in the Penfield schools are among the worst of the NCTM-inspired “fuzzy” mathematics programs for their respective grades: (TERC) Investigations in Number, Data, and [...]

# Court ruled that the Seattle BOE made...

In the Superior Court of the State of Washington, Honorable Julie Spector ruled that the board’s decision to use the Discovering series was arbitrary and capricious. She ordered the board to reconsider the matter. Seattle’s so-called “Discovery” math curriculum doesn’t add up for a Judge Spector, who rejected the style of instruction and or [...]

# Controversial math textbooks adopted ...

The Discovery series textbook focuses on helping students uncover math concepts on their own instead of laying out rules for memorization. But state math experts disagree about the effectiveness of the Discovering series. Board President Michael DeBell previously said he was not satisfied with the Discovering textbooks because they can’ [...]

# ‘Innovative’ Math, but Ca...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/09/education/08education.html?pagewanted=all
This community of 35,000 battled with the nationwide math wars, which have flared from California to Pittsburgh to the former District 2 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, pitting progressives against traditionalists. Penfield School District began supplementing the [...]

# Socially Correct, But a Practical Dis...

http://www.chelationtherapyonline.com/anatomy/p128.htm
Whole-math advocates say their methods will bring American math achievement up to world-class levels. But in fact kids in Japan, usually among the top performers on international assessments, do plenty of memorization and drill. Only after they have mastered basic skills are they allowed [...]

# What Happened to Mathematics Educatio...

CPM: (College Preparatory Mathematics) A variety of Whole
Math to be given instead of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.
http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/1997/dec97/math_ed.html
This is an introduction to issues that have been raised concerning changes to mathematics education in the public schools in San Diego and other areas of Californ [...]

# Whole Math in Escondido

http://mathematicallycorrect.com/twocity.htm#escondido
On Jan. 20, 1998, the Escondido Union High School District (North eastern San Diego County, CA) board made some major changes in district mathematics programs. These changes were based largely on examination of the performance of students in the different programs on various nationally no [...]

# Do you live in a new-new math city?

http://mathematicallycorrect.com/citylist.htm
Towns in California are trying to reinstitute traditional math courses. Some towns that have used College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) : Escondido, Hemet, Livermore, Ridgecrest, Visalia… Review the list of other towns in CA and states using “Fuzzy” Math… will you be next?

# Reviews of CPM Math: College Preparat...

http://www.nychold.com/cpm.html
Read Reviews of CPM Math :The CPM curriculum has a middle school and a high school component. Research the critical reviews and commentaries of CPM. Additional links can be found in this review.

# Students Against “Fuzzy” Math Start a...

Excerpts from students who are against Constructivist approach to teaching math. SAFM is a small “grass-roots” action organization of students (and parents) opposed to the use of “Fuzzy” math curriculum in America’s public schools. Students report … study of College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM), a “fuzz [...]

# CPM: Not Prepared for Pre-Calculus an...

CPM inadequately prepares students for higher math courses, such as Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. The program falls short in its organization of material, ability to promote individual thinking, and test taking methodology. The problem with the CPM program is not evident until CPM students enter the traditional Pre-Calculus level. For example [...]

# Content Review of CPM Mathematics

A content review of CPM Mathematics. Review is provided by renowned Professor Wayne Bishop at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences California State University, LA. With regard to mathematics content, CPM does not sufficiently address the content standards and applicable evaluation criteria to be recommended for adoption. [...]

# CPM and IMP Math Curriculum at Berkel...

View complaints and concerns about why CPM is not working for students in Berkeley High. The CPM/IMP (College Preparatory Mathematics/ Interactive Mathematics Program)approach is not for all. Whether it will work well for any given child depends very much on his/her learning style.
http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/schools/BHS/math_c [...]

# A Brief History of American K-12 Math...

This article provides history on the American Mathematics Education from 1920 to the end of the 20th century. The education wars of the past century focus on the struggles between concentrated content and pedagogy. Content is framed as the answer to the question of what to teach, whereas pedagogy is the answer to the question of how to teach. [...]

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