In September our teachers and students began piloting (testing) new mathematics instructional materials that are fully aligned to the Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks. This pilot, covering Kindergarten through 6th grade will guide us in our adoption of a new math program.
The pilot began with the formation of a committee with
representatives from each grade level, K-6 including special education, as well as the math specialist. The committee reviewed the Massachusetts Standards, teacher requests, and math curriculum reviews from Ed Reviews before selecting three programs to pilot:
The committee developed a number of criteria on which pilot teachers were asked to
provide feedback at several points during the school year:
● alignment to MA frameworks including Content & Practice Standards
● unit and benchmark assessments
● student text/materials
● student manipulatives
● resources for differentiated instruction
● teacher preparation and manual
● online component teacher and students
At Curriculum evening in September each teacher let parents know what program was being piloted in their class, and were able to respond to any questions. Our September PTO was focused on math. Parents were able to ask questions regarding approach and materials. Video of math presentation can be found on our private Facebook site.