Elementary Math Pilot
Fall 2023 Update on the Elementary Math Curriculum
What are the results of the elementary math pilot from the 2022-2023 school year?
Why did D-S make a shift to Reveal math rather than continue with Eureka Squared which was piloted this year?
After evaluating Eureka Squared using this rubric, talking to teachers, as well as interviewing math coordinators/directors in other districts in MA, we decided that Eureka Squared would require a substantial amount of supplementing in order to make it effective in Dover-Sherborn (this is one of the reasons why we wanted to shift away from Everyday Math). Eureka Squared did not offer students enough mixed practice review, engaging games and activities, extensions, real world connections or opportunities for collaboration. These missing components would require use to supplement the program significantly to meet our learners’ needs.
Teachers felt like Illustrative Math was worth pursuing but also expressed that they wanted to see if there were other options available. Using edreports and MA DESE CURATE, we researched other math curriculum and vetted samples. We ended up deciding that Reveal Math could be a good fit for Dover-Sherborn and was worth piloting this year. The top components of Reveal that interested us were the amount of practice problems, strategies available for differentiating instruction for all learners, having less of a language-based approach, and including math games/projects that teachers would not have to create on their own. Like Eureka Squared and Illustrative Math, Reveal is a research-based program that is used in many other districts throughout MA. You can read the edreport about Reveal here.
What will the expanded elementary math pilot entail for the 2023-2024 school year?
For the 2022-2023 school year, our pilot teachers only piloted one unit from the potential new math curriculum. In debriefing the year, we realized how limiting this short pilot was as the new math curriculum involves helping teachers and students reconceptualize how math is taught and build upon strategies and routines over the course of the year. Because of this, we have decided to pilot Reval and Illustrative in two classes in each grade for an entire year to get better data. We will support the pilot teachers this year through PD, work with our math coach, and planning time. We will be using the same rubric that we used for the 2022-2023 pilot. Additionally, we will be having both pilot and non-pilot teachers visiting other districts who are using Reveal and Illustrative Math so they can observe lessons and ask teachers questions.
I have concerns that my child is in a pilot classroom for this upcoming school year.
As we have previously mentioned, both programs are research-based, have been reviewed, and are correlated to the MA Math Frameworks and mathematical practice skills. Students who are in pilot classes will still be covering the same mathematical concepts and principles but utilizing different strategies and activities that are specific to our two pilot programs. As always, we will also make sure that students are prepared to move to next year’s math skills curriculum and be well prepared for assessments like the MCAS.
What are the next steps for the 2023-2024 extended elementary math pilot?
Once the District’s curriculum leaders have done ample research and selected a program, a recommendation will be made to the school committees for possible adoption per DS Policy (page 21). This would likely be in the spring of 2024. If we are ready to adopt a new math curriculum by the end of the upcoming school year, we will do so in a thoughtful way, based on teacher input, making sure there is adequate PD, planning time, training for special education teachers and EAs, as well as communication with parents/caregivers to help them understand the changes.
How will additional updates about the math curriculum pilot be communicated to the community?
We anticipate that we will be presenting an update to the Dover and Sherborn School Committees in the fall. Our new Dover-Sherborn website will also have a math pilot page which will feature up to date information on the math pilot as it progresses. ‘
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Assistant Superintendent Denny Conklin: firstname.lastname@example.org
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