TERC Investigations and College Preparatory Math (CPM) have an ongoing record of FAILURE across the United States. Math experts from Harvard and Stanford University assess such constructivist math programs as falling short of giving students the essential mathematics skills to be successful.

TERC Investigations:

“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."

- Dr. W. Stephen Wilson, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University math professor, in Baltimore testified against TERC at the June 11, 2008 Board of Education Meeting.

• DOES NOT teach proven standard, simple efficient and effective methods of solving mathematics problems.

• DOES NOT promote mastery of basic arithmetic facts.

• DOES NOT teach mastery of multiplication tables.

• DOES NOT teach simple long division.

• DOES NOT provide sufficient practice for children to master math concepts and applications.

• DOES overemphasize the use of calculators.

• DOES rely on group think and discovery by children vice individual mastery through teacher instruction and quality materials.

• DOES progress at a remedial pace.

College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) :

“With regard to mathematic content, this program [CPM] does not sufficiently address the content standards and applicable evaluation criteria to be recommended for adoption”

". ... Most of the program [CPM] is below the specified standards level and there is too much of an assumption that work will be done in teams.

- Professor Wayne Bishop, Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, California State University.

• Lacks teacher support material

• Testing material is poorly organized

• Almost all of the mathematical content is at the level of the Grade 7 standards or below, e.g., the equations to be solved all are, but the activities are still very time consuming and sometimes frustrating.

• Spiraling Teaching method is confusing

• CPM curriculum is impossible for differentiating lessons for IEP and 504 Students

• Relies too excessively on group work , “group think”, and group grades

• Relies too excessively on students teaching other students

• Relies too excessively on pure self-discovery and “guess and check”

• UNPROVEN METHOD OF TEACHING and CURRICULUM

• NO EVIDENCE OF IMPROVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE – SAT SCORES.

• STUDENTS NOT ADEQUATELY PREPARED FOR HIGER LEVEL MATH

WE DEMAND:

We demand that "TERC Investigations" and CPM math programs not be considered as options in our math curriculum/textbook selection.

We demand that Fairfield parents are allowed to opt out of CPM immediately and be provided with an appropriate traditional mathematics education for their children within the Fairfield Math Curriculum.

We demand that the Fairfield School District offer immediate summer remediation for students who have been utilizing CPM in Algebra I this year and have not received sufficient and appropriate grade level instruction. This opportunity would allow Fairfield students to "catch up" in math to where they would have been under a sound traditional math program.

Kelly Crisp,

Andrea Krollman,

Wendy Lavallee,

Michelle Berg,

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Pamela Ziegler,

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