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Wallingford-Swarthmore changes math curriculum

NETHER PROVIDENCE — Changes are on the way for the math curriculum used at the middle and elementary school levels in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.

Capping off a review begun last year, a team of district math educators presented its recommendations for a new program during the most recent school board meeting. The team proposed switching from “Everyday Math” curriculum to one called “Math in Focus.”

The school board, after hearing the presentation, gave its unanimous approval.

Team leader and Strath Haven High School Math Department Chair Cathy Stambaugh said the new direction would entail a move away from the “mile-wide, inch-deep” approach and allow for a more solid understanding of math concepts.

Denise Citarelli-Jones, the district’s director of secondary teaching and learning, said “Math in Focus” would be implemented at the start of the next school year at the middle school level and at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year at the elementary school level.

“We do intend to keep our eye on the success of the program,” Citarelli-Jones said.

Board President Vince Marriott said the review was an “enormous undertaking,” telling team members, “You’re all to be commended.”

Last September, the results of an outside review of the district’s math programs by a team from the University of Pennsylvania gave high marks to the curriculum in use at Strath Haven High School but found areas in need of improvement at the elementary school level.

Key concerns included limited opportunities to better understand the “Everyday Math” course material; inconsistent use of the curriculum; and insufficient leadership for the program.