The curriculum review website EdReports.org released its first round of results for high school math textbooks.
EdReports.org, the nonprofit whose educator teams review instructional materials to determine alignment to Common Core standards, announced the results of its first round of reviews of high school mathematics textbooks. Five reports examining both three-course traditional (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) and integrated (I, II, III) sequences were published today, along with the review tool and evidence guides educators used in the process.
“When we launched EdReports a year ago with our first round of reviews, we were overwhelmed by the response,” said Eric Hirsch, executive director of EdReports. “It was clear the community was hungry for our freely available, evidence-based reports, and educators were clamoring for information on what materials can best serve their classrooms. We see this need not only in the elementary and middle school grades but in high school, as well. I am delighted we have been able to respond to the demand with more evidence and more reviews.”
Reviewers noted positive evidence that can benefit teachers and students across all of the series. Highlights from the first round of high school reviews include:
- Core Connections (CPM) (traditional): Met Expectations for Gateway 1, Gateway 2 and Gateway 3
- Carnegie Learning (traditional): Partially Met Expectations for Gateway 1 and Gateway 2
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (traditional): Did Not Meet Expectations for Gateway 1
- Pearson (integrated): Did Not Meet Expectations for Gateway 1
- Springboard College Board (traditional): Did Not Meet Expectations for Gateway 1
Reviewers first ensure all of the high school standards are addressed in the series and that the materials make strong connections between the mathematical content, as opposed to teaching skills and concepts in isolation (focus and coherence). Only if materials meet or partially meet these criteria do reviewers then consider the rigor of the materials and evaluate connections to the mathematical practices. Finally, if the criteria for these first two gateways are at least partially met, the materials are reviewed for usability.
Source: EdReports (Press Releases)