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. Thanks. 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
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