Chariho School Parents’ Forum

March 28, 2007

Questions

Filed under: Research — Editor @ 5:07 pm

There have been a lot of questions today (I need to stop answering the phone).

In the effort to most efficiently disseminate the information, I will be developing sections on this website for some of the frequent topics. 

Over the next few days I will accumulate the information I have on Math Curriculum, the RYSE Program, Student Performance, Budget, Employee Efficiency (this is where we will discuss changes in employee counts at RIDE and NCES) and the Building Committee Plan & Bond.  I’m open to suggestions for others.

You will find this information in the column on the right under “Pages.”

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4 Comments »

  1. {I thought I posted this already, but I don’t see it. Please feel free to remove one of the posts if the other shows up someplace.}

    I have the meeting taping, but didn’t remember until 8:30. I hope I don’t miss anything of substance.

    Besides the issue of grade configuration, I am also very curious about the TERC curriculum issue. I remain puzzled by the administration’s commitment to an obviously flawed curriculum. I hope to hear Mr. Ricci backing off from this curricula. I’d like to hear the steps Chariho will be taking to transition to a math curriculum that teaches students mathematic skills.

    If Chariho continues down the same path and refuses to move on the TERC/Investigations curriculum, I think it becomes necessary to determine why they are obstinately refusing to consider alternatives? I would like to know who, when, and where school employees attended seminars where TERC/Investigations was a topic of discussion? I’d like to know if any school employees received stipends, lodging, meals, calculators, or any other items of value in regard to TERC? I’d like to know who the salesperson is that sold the TERC curriculum to Chariho? I’d like to know if anyone associated with TERC has affiliations with school boards, teachers’ unions or administrators?

    Most importantly, I want to see TERC go before any more children are burdened with a subpar math curriculum. I’m willing to accept that implementation of TERC was a callous mistake and there is no other reason than ignorance that it was put in place. BUT, if TERC continues to be used in light of all the known negative consequences to children, then I am forced to believe that there lies more to this thing than a tragic mistake. I call upon school committee members to take a hard look at this issue, including the things I listed above, if the administration does not propose alternative curricula to replace TERC/Investigations.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 28, 2007 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  2. CR,
    You had mentioned a test that could be taken by students to see how far behind the child was in math. Can you provide me some info on that so I can included it in the new “math” information page.
    Thanks

    Comment by cspf — March 28, 2007 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  3. The Singapore Math placement test can be found here –

    http://www.singaporemath.com/Placement_s/12.htm

    They are in Adobe format and can be printed out. I purchased student textbooks. They are pretty much a workbook with math problems which require math skills. In the future, I think I will purchase the teacher text rather than the student workbooks.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 29, 2007 @ 12:25 am | Reply

  4. Additional info:

    The placement tests are targeted to specific grades. One Chariho 5th grader who took the placement test was able to do 80% of 3A math, but not 3B math, therefore the student was a year and a half behind international math standards. A 7th grade took the test and scored less than 80% on the 5A placement test and above 80% on the 4B test. This puts that student at 2 years behind standards.

    I’m no expert on any of this. My wife knows more, and will start tutoring these students at the grade level determined to be appropriate with the placement test. I’ll try to keep everyone posted on the student’s progress. Let’s hope we are able to compensate them for Chariho’s failures in regard to math.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 29, 2007 @ 8:59 am | Reply


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