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 the concepts of carrying, borrowing, and common denominators, and allows calculators in the elementary grades. Watch the video to see TERC in action: Math: An Inconvenient Truth.- Wilfried Schmid, Ph.D. in Mathematics at Harvard states, “
**By the end of fifth grade, TERC students have fallen roughly two years behind where they should be**.” Read more reviews here. - R. James Milgram, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University; My personal view is that
**TERC is the second most mathematically illiterate and damaging program I have ever seen**. The first, Mathland, was one of the main reasons I got involved in the issues of mathematics education.**But Investigations is so little better than that horror that it is scarcely possible to discern the difference between the results of the students subjected to these programs**.” - Bill Quirk, Ph.D. in Mathematics observed, “
**TERC is totally out of sync with the National Math Panel Recommendations. Furthermore, TERC 2008 Math fails to provide the foundations of algebra**.” Read the full analysis here. - Thomas Parker, Ph.D in Mathematics at Michigan State University, “
**TERC students will hit a wall, probably at the end of middle school. They are not being given the grounding needed to understand the abstractions of high school algebra and geometry. THEIR OPTIONS FOR CAREERS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ARE BEING CLOSED OFF BY THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAM.**“His summary of concerns is here. - TERC doesn’t even provide students with a textbook. There is a teacher’s manual and a box of hands on materials for students.
**TERC takes hands-on learning to an extreme**. See here. - Dr. W. Stephen Wilson, Ph.D in Mathematics, mathematics professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore testified against TERC at the June 11, 2008 Board of Education Meeting: “I am not really here today to talk to the Board, but to the parents.
**If your child goes to a school that uses TERC Investigations, you should understand that it means your child’s school has abdicated its responsibility to teach your child mathematics. By doing so, the responsibility now rests with the parents. Good luck.**“. Click here for full testimony .pdf file - Pearson Scott Foresman released a report listing school districts as “success stories” for
*TERC Investigations*A Survey of School Districts in Pearson Scott Foresman’s January 2007 Publication, “Investigations in Number, Data, and Space: Evidence for Success”.. In response to that, a survey was conducted among the school districts cited http://mysite.verizon.net/resu7qv4/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/misuccessjul09.pdf. .

Responses were received from 62 of these districts, with these results:

**58% of the districts have discontinued**use or are in the process of discontinuing the use of*TERC Investigations*- 27% of the districts currently using
*TERC Investigations*are receiving financial grants for continuing to use it - Only two districts said they used
*TERC Investigations*without supplementation

We are asking you to take TERC off the table and adopt Singapore math primary series for k-5, like all our neighboring towns. Singapore math primary series is the only curriculum with a proven track record that will allow our children to succeed in algebra and prepare them for jobs in science, technology, engineering and math.

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon

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