A report to be presented to the District 65 school board tonight says middle-school students using three different math textbooks get about the same results on standardized tests.
The report, from Curriculum Coordinator Suzanne Farrand, says there were “no consistent differences” in results for kids who used the “Everyday Math,” the “Math Thematics” or the “Connected Math Project” text series.
The schools started the trial of the differenct books in 2008 based on split opinions among the teaching staff about which books to use.
Farrand says the test of the texts will continue for another two years before a decision is made about whether to standardize on a single book series.
The report also says teachers are finding “increased parent anxiety” about introducing students to algebra as early as 7th grade.
The report says that not all students are ready for algebra work that early, and that, particularly for students not interested in science, technology, engineering or math careers, the early introduction to algebra may do more harm than good.
The report also argues for expanding the offering of honors geometry at the middle schools, and claims that parents who want their middle-school students to travel to the high school for the class mainly want the youngsters to get high school credit for the work so they won’t have to take as much math when they’re in high school.