On Sun Sep 29 19:19:45 2002, Mark wrote Re. Portland Problem Solving Scores Fall:
For all those interested: As I understand from my research, Portland Public Schools adopted Investigations 3 years ago to boost studend scores on Problem Solving. Test scores released in Oregon 2 weeks ago show that the Problem Solving scores for fifth grades in Portland FELL DRAMATICALLY! The assessment tests kids using performance based assessment and NOT multiple choice. WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN? ****** Mark, Before jumping to conclusions about the problem-solving curriculum I would ask a few more questions. For example. Have the 5th grade students been using the problem solving curriculum in early grades? Or were teachers using the "old way"? Were all teachers using the curriculum, or just a few? How was the program implemented? What areas were the scores down in? Communication? Inference? Computation? Measurement? Selecting a strategy? Mark, if you investigate further you may find that blanket indictments of the curriculum may not be correct. I am confused by your multiple choice comment. Do you mean that you favor a multiple choice test for math? If so how does this approach help a person learn to grocery shop, budget for a household or buy a car intelligently? Finally, Mark please go back 10, 20, 30 or more years and look at student math scores and tell me we have not made giant strides in reasoning,problem solving, and of course THE ONLY IMPORTANT PART OF MATH, C O M P U T A T I O N since then with the reform (standards based) curriculums.