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Current research continues to show how really bad this program (TERC a/k/a Investigations) is.

In BOE, math wars, Ridegwood Schools, Ridgewood New Jersey on March 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Regina Botsford, assistant superintendent for curriculum, placed TERC a/k/a Investigations in Number, Data, and Space in two of our elementary schools: Orchard and Travell. With heavy supplementation, Orchard has survived it; Travell has not. Current research continues to show how really bad this program is. So Regina, who told you TERC was a “good” program that should be force fed to our students?

Achievement Effects of Four Early Elementary School Math Curricula: Findings from First Graders in 39 Schools
Achievement Effects of Four Early Elementary School Math Curricula: Findings from First Graders in 39 Schools reports on the relative impacts of four math curricula on first-grade mathematics achievement. The curricula were selected to represent diverse approaches to teaching elementary school math in the United States. The four curricula are Investigations in Number, Data, and Space; Math Expressions; Saxon Math; and Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics. First-grade math achievement was significantly higher in schools randomly assigned to Math Expressions or Saxon Math than in those schools assigned to Investigations in Number, Data, and Space or to Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics. This study is being conducted as part of the National Assessment of Title I. The report cleared IES peer review on February 2, 2009.

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20094052/index.asp

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  1. If this doesn’t make parents at Travell mad as hell, then I don’t know what will.

  2. TERC is on the list of programs being considered for all the elementary schools. They’re not kidding.

  3. When we call to get clarification on a math related issue and the teacher needs to research the problem before they can answer our question, it’s time to rethink the math program being taught to our children.

    What genius decided on a math program that even the teachers have difficulty understanding?

    More importantly, where do I send the bill for math tutoring for my kids?

  4. Your bill should go to Regina Bostford. She can afford it, giving her 6 figure salary, courtesy of Ridgewood’s taxpayers.

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