by MattPublicover » Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:13 pm
Gary, as a parent of kids who have been taught Everyday Math, I have to admit that I, too, was not a fan of the program based on their experiences in the math curriculum. But last year, as a member of the School Budget Committee, I was on the Elementary School subcommittee. When we met with the three elementary school principals, they indicated that my kids (at the time one was in 9th grade and the other had graduated the previous year) were among the classes that got the prior version of math education in their early years of school, and then the curriculum switched over to Everyday Math. This, of course, could have caused some math confusion for such kids. The administrators said the kids in town who are a bit younger than my own, which I believe would have been up to grade 6 at that point, have had Everyday Math from the start, and they said we are beginning to see the improvements in the NECAP scores resulting from a consistent Everyday Math curriculum for their entire elementary school years.
I have not independently confirmed these statements or analyzed recent math testing results, but in fairness to the administrators, I thought I would share their comments and opinions with you. They seemed supportive of the program. Perhaps they were just echoing the party line, but ultimately, it is the results that matter, how well the kids learn math. Perhaps someone reading this forum has the testing data to back up the elementary school principals' views.