Next Steps for Math
"The report, written by Linda Plattner of the Maryland-based educational research firm Strategic Teaching, which was hired by the state to assess its math expectations, also emphasizes the need to simplify grade level expectations and to set priorities for the state's math standards.
"That should help teachers as well as kids," Harding said.
The focus groups also taught the math committee that they need to include a math educator in their review committee so they can hear from a teacher if the standards will work in the classroom.
Harding said the full Board of Education is expected to approve the math review report at its Sept. 18-19 meeting in Wenatchee and hand it off to the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, which has already begun to work on the next step: rewriting grade level expectations and learning guidelines. The Legislature set a Jan. 31, 2008, deadline for the expectations revision."
Include a math educator in their review committee so they can hear from a teacher on the front lines? I wouldn't think that would have needed an outside firm to do focus groups to figure out. Oh well, never too late.