So, to follow up on the earlier thread about creating the space and opportunity for dialog, the strongest call was for something around the math curriculum. There are a number of elements of the District's math curricula that I find curious and would like to learn more about.
1. Why the delay in selecting the two high school curricula? We've been told that we're waiting for the state to set the standards, but
a) Any curriculum we choose will actually match those standards without modification
b) We already have a strong sense of what the standards will be
c) We have already narrowed the choices to three curricula and will not be adding to that list when the state releases their standards
2. We will make a dual adoption for high school - one more reform curriculum and one more traditional curriculum. We also made a dual adoption for elementary school (Everyday Math and Singapore Math), but we didn't make a dual adoption for middle school. Will the District re-open the curriculum adoption for elementary or middle school in light of the new state standards? Will the district make an additional math curriculum adoption for middle schools (a more traditional choice) so there is a dual adoption at each level? If dual adoptions are good for high school and elementary school, aren't they also good for middle school? If we aren't concerned about an elementary and middle school adoption made before the state standards are released, why are we concerned about a high school adoption before the state standards are released?
3. Where, if anywhere, is the evidence that the reform math curricula are effective with
a) students in general
b) students from historically underperforming groups
4. What are the relative costs associated with adopting the various curricula? These costs include initial purchase of materials, continuing cost of replenishing materials, professional development for implementation, continuing cost of professional development, etc.
5. How can we assure access to advanced math classes in all of our middle schools?
6. How can we assure access to advanced math classes in all of our high schools?
What questions would you like to discuss at a dialog about math?