January 25, 2013
Contact: Heidi Embley
Phone: (907) 742-4158
The Anchorage School Board approved the district’s recommended adoption of new K-8 math materials at its meeting last night. Go Math! will replace Everyday Math materials at the elementary level and Big Ideas will replace Mathscape at the middle school level. The new programs will be implemented at all elementary and middle schools beginning next school year.
“It was clear that parents and the community didn’t support the district’s current math program and a change had to be made,” said Jim Browder, Superintendent of Schools. “We are looking forward to working together with educators, the community and parents towards the same goal – increasing student achievement.”
Go Math! and Big Ideas materials meet the district’s math program requirements of aligning to the Common Core State Standards, balancing skills and concepts and providing support for teachers, parents and students.
“These new materials have more of a traditional look that will make it easier for parents to help their children while still focusing on broader math concepts,” said Bobbi Jo Erb, executive director of Curriculum and Instruction.
In 2011, the district conducted a complete review of its K-8 math program following concerns regarding the existing programs. The review was completed by members of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of the nation’s largest urban school districts. The report outlined successes with the current math programs as well as areas of weaknesses in need of improvement. In total, 77 recommendations were given.
“The report contained many excellent recommendations that we will implement as we move forward, including a maintained effort on staff professional development,” said Browder.
The full report and materials regarding the new K-8 math program selection process are available at www.asdk12.org/depts/math.
The district will host parent meetings to see materials and sample lessons in late spring.