Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Math Curriculum

Following eight months of piloting several high quality, standards-aligned Math programs, the School Committee approved Superintendent Zrike’s recommendation to adopt enVision Math as the K-6 Math curriculum for the Wakefield Public Schools beginning in September 2015.  We are confident that our curriculum selection is the very best available to help our students engage and thrive in learning the Math concepts and skills that are key to their academic success.
The grade 7 and 8 enVision Math curriculum is not due for release until this fall, so our plan is to continue our current practice of implementing a standards-aligned blend of CMP3 and OnCore curriculum materials.  Recent assessment data demonstrates strong student progress using this combination of resources.  We will study the grade 7 and 8 enVision Math curriculum in the coming year.

How did we arrive at the decision to adopt the enVision curriculum? This year, 30 grade K-8 teachers, representing all schools, piloted enVision Math and Math In Focus programs.  We used the following quantitative and qualitative data to study the pilot curriculum:

    Pilot teacher survey, guided by the national CCSS Mathematics Curriculum
Materials Analysis Project
    Feedback from grade-level teacher teams upon review of student performance on
common assessments
    Teacher presentations of pilot materials and experiences 
    Principals' classroom observations
    Feedback from other regional school districts, including Melrose and Reading,
who are currently using these programs.

Using this information, the enVision Math curriculum was compelling to us in the following areas:

    Students' deep understanding of Math concepts
    Engaging student text and activities
    Online resources
    Variety and quality of assessments
    Homework materials
    Differentiated materials 
    Teacher resources
    Alignment to standards with focus on the Standards of Mathematical Practices
    Parent resources

Teachers will receive all curriculum materials and training in June so that they will be well prepared for implementing enVision Math in the fall.  We will host a parent information session in September to help parents learn about the new curriculum and how to support their children at home.  The program comes with a variety of parent resources, including instructional videos and access to daily classroom instruction materials.

On behalf of all Wakefield educators, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of our teachers who participated in piloting curriculum and in making this important decision.  Their professionalism and dedication has been exceptional.

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