From Board Member Arlene Silveira…
As one of the Superintendent’s goals for this year, the Board assigned a math goal. Responding to community concerns with our math programs, we put together the goal listed below. At the BOE meeting Monday night, the math task force will be introduced. The BOE has to approve the task force. The project kicks off tomorrow night. We will be asked to give advice on specific research questions that will help address the charge statement of the goal. If you have any specific questions/concerns you would like to be considered, please let me know. You can post your responses on this site.
Initiate and complete a comprehensive, independent and neutral review and assessment of the District’s K-12 math curriculum.
* The review and assessment shall be undertaken by a task force whose members are appointed by the Superintendent and approved by the BOE. Members of the task force shall have math and math education expertise and represent a variety of perspectives regarding math education.
* The task force shall prepare and present to the BOE a preliminary outline of the review and assessment to be undertaken by the task force. The outline shall, at a minimum, include: 1) analysis of math achievement data for MMSD K-12 students, including analysis of all math sub-tests scores disaggregated by student characteristics and schools; 2) analysis of performance expectations for MMSD K-12 students; 3) an overview of math curricula, including MMSD’s math curriculum; 4) a discussion of how to improve MMSD student achievement, 5) recommendations on measures to evaluate the effectiveness of MMSD’s math curriculum. The task force is to present the preliminary outline and a timeline to the BOE for comment and approval.
* The task force is to prepare a written draft of the review and assessment, consistent with the approved preliminary outline. The draft is to be presented to the BOE for review and comments.
* The task force is to prepare the final report on the review and assessment.