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Eric Hart

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Registered: 12/6/04
Core-Plus
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.
Thanks.
Lois Seyler

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