New math program being selected for Shoreline Schools

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Shoreline School District is in the process of selecting a new math program for our students in preschool through grade five.

During the fall, grade level Math Review Teams of teachers and principals examined four math curricula that aligned most closely with the new Washington State Math Standards. Using the information from this initial review, the Mathematics Achievement Team (MAT) eliminated one program in December.

Through April, approximately 30 teachers on the Math Review Teams will field-test and evaluate lessons from the three remaining programs: Math Connects, Math Expressions, and enVisionMath. Before the field-testing began, each grade level team of teachers carefully selected the sequence of lessons that matched our Shoreline math pacing guides and would ensure that the students mastered the Washington State Mathematics Standards.

Parents and community members have the opportunity to evaluate these math programs during the month of March. The materials will be available in the Instruction Department at the Shoreline Center during the day from 8 am to 4:30 pm. This office will also be open on two evenings, March 17 and 18, until 8 pm.

In May, the Mathematics Achievement Team will analyze the data from the field-testing and the parent/community surveys in order to determine the program that they will recommend for Shoreline students. The school board will make the final decision in June, teachers trained in August, and this new math program will be implemented in September.


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