I am a bit late on this post but here is the latest.
As noted by one reader (I believe Lynn), there is a hastily scheduled Board Work Session on Math Instructional Materials Adoption tomorrow, the 6th from 6-7 p.m. The agenda has no presentation so I don't know what kind of update it will be.
Meanwhile, the next meeting of the Math Adoption Committee is this Friday, the 7th, from 8:30 am to 3pm in the JSCEE Professional Library (I believe that is the second floor). It is open to the public. Sorry, no agenda available.
I am hearing -more and more- that all has not run smoothly with this Committee. For example, they had rejected some people at the beginning of the process and then hastily added four more people at the last minute.
There were to be three math finalists but now there are four (due to a near-tie for two candidates). It's interesting because there were three separate public inpubs - community on-line, community in person (those who came down to JSCEE to view materials), and e-mail.
The four finalists are (in rank order):
2) Math in Focus
3) My Math
4) Go Math!
The last two are the virtual tie. The first two received the "vast majority vote." All four are being used throughout the state. All seem to be much better than what is in current use. (Another candidate - JUMP math did not make the list because it seems to not be "entirely" aligned to Common Core while parts are a work in progress.)
All are saying they meet Common Core standards but it appears that that may be an albatross around the neck for any program. It could be a great program but has to meet those CC standards or it is out.
As I previously reported, per Board policy, these 4 will go out to the public and be reviewed (they may go out to some schools and/or public libraries) . The Math Adoption Committee will pick one and it will go to the Board for vote.