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Eric Hart

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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Oct 29, 1995 9:38 PM
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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.
Lois Seyler


Dear Lois,
Well, as an author of the Core-Plus Mathematics Project (CPMP) curriculum I
guess I may be biased :-) but the program is going quite well, as shown,
for example, by a recent strong performance by CPMP students on the Iowa
Test of Educational Development (ITED)--both compared to national norms and
compared to control groups. There are currently about 40 high schools
nation-wide field testing the materials. The program empasizes mathematical
modeling, student investigation of real-life contexts, and appropriate use
of graphics calculators. I won't burden the whole list with details, but if
you like I can give you more info and put you in touch with some of the
field test teachers so you can get their opinion.
Eric Hart

Eric Hart
Western Michigan University
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Core-Plus Mathematics Project
fax: 515-472-1123 phone: 515-469-6643
Mailing address (home):
613 South 2nd Street
Fairfield, IA 52556

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