I am "just a parent" who joined this list hoping to learn about the different secondary math programs being used in area public schools. Someone told me much of the variety and a lot of the changes are due to "the standards," hence my attraction to the list.
Depending on where I elect to send my son to school (we have a degree of public school "choice" here), the math program will be one of:
. UCSMP (Chicago)
. A combination of Merrill and McDougall-Littell
. Core Plus (in pilot, I believe)
Math is his academic strength, particularly math concepts. Where there are various "levels" of courses, his placement would be honors/accelerated. I would especially appreciate hearing from teachers who've been in a position to observe the "fit" between different types of students and these math approaches.
BTW, all else associated with the three options appears to be roughly equal - similar English and Science programs, similar student bodies, similar SAT score ranges, etc. It's just the math that's not consistent.