I was poking around the Anchorage School District website, and discovered that the ASD just adopted Everyday Math 2007, Third Edition. It will be mandatory for all ASD schools within two years. It was done with little controversy and no protests.
Saxson math lost out because it scored poorly on the rubric they used to evaluate the different programs.
Here is the "Student Lens" part of the rubric:
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling the evaluation was rigged?
I. Student Lens
The materials provides the following for the needs/rights of students:
a. The purpose of learning, including objectives, standards, goals, criteria and evaluation rubrics are clear for students
b. Students can choose from a variety of strategies to explore, solve, and communicate math concepts
c. Students are engaged through a variety of activities which may include independent projects, cooperativelearning, manipulatives, technology, collaborative work, etc.
d. Students have opportunities for self-monitoring and self-reflection
e. Materials make connections to real life applications
f. There is support for individual learning levels
I am so glad my kids are going to get "opportunities for ... self-reflection" in their math class. I was afraid I was going to have to sign them up for yoga class.
Should I be worried?
p.s. Anchorage and Alaska are awesome. I am taking the summer off of school so I will be blogging again.