June 5, 2013
Elementary Math Program Study
Our elementary teachers have been examining the current math program since summer 2012.
The current math program is EDM (Everyday Math) 2007 edition. The district has used this program for about 18 years.
The analysis of EDM began because teachers were raising many questions as to what is the best
math program for our students to prepare them for middle, high school and beyond.
While the possible implementation of the Common Core was in part responsible for generating these discussions, our main question was and remains “What is the best math program for our students?"
Our teachers, principals, superintendent and curriculum staff have met with EDM staff
regarding the 2012 edition.
The outcome of the lengthy face to face meeting was that our staff felt that EDM 2012 did not address their concerns, and that in EDM’s attempt to prepare for the impending Common Core and to make more resources available online
EDM had become very challenging to implement well in the classroom. For example, for teachers seeking to differentiate for students based on their specific needs, materials were scattered and not readily accessible.
We have surveyed our teachers and based on their experience with EDM there is overwhelming support for change: 108 teachers were surveyed (included all that presently use the EDM program); 100 teachers responded. Results: 65% recommended “change to another program;” 9% stay with EDM 2007; 9% change to EDM 2012; remaining responses included “change to a specifically named program; “I need more information,” etc.
The process of revaluating our elementary math programming is not unique to Haverford; many
districts in the area have recently changed programs or are in the process of doing so.
Schools/districts in this process that we have communicated with are listed below. If they have chosen another math program to date, that is listed next to the school.
Tredyffrin-Easttown (Math in Focus)
Wallingford-Swarthmore (Math in Focus)
West Chester (Math in Focus)
Episcopal Academy (Math in Focus)
Penn Charter (Math in Focus)
Unionville-Chadds Ford (Math in Focus)
Central Bucks (Math in Focus)
Downingtown (Math in Focus)
Great Valley (Math in Focus)
Our teachers have to date explored the following programs: EDM 2012, Math in Focus, EnVision and My Math.
Our elementary staff and administration, as well as the Board of School Directors, is continuing to meet on this important topic