Let’s see now. We have End Of Course Test scores very high in Algebra I and Geometry in Georgia. Many schools are scoring in the high 90’s. The math part of our Graduation Tests boasts scores that rock the house. (Yes, I know that test is lame but it’s for everyone and it is what it is.)
Enter the ‘powers that be’. A few years ago they mandated ‘Georgia schools must all change their math curriculum’. So like good little ducklings, we did.
Implementation and training from the state level were poor. Teachers were not given proper resources and had to develop their own. Not that they are not fully capable but having time? That’s another story. Let me just say that many variations of Math I surfaced.
Georgia Algebra EOCT scores dropped like a rock. Make that a boulder.
The plan was first Algebra I would go away and Math I would come in. Check. The next year Geometry went away and Math II came in. Then Algebra II went away and in came Math III. Each of these Maths is integrated…some algebra, some geometry, some statistics. You get the picture. A good solid Algebra I program somewhere? Anywhere? No!
I retired when I saw this coming. It was time anyway. Good timing I’d say. The tutoring business is booming!
PS: Instead of ranting further let’s just say it’s in the works to “allow” school districts in the state to return to traditional, single subject math classes. At least 80 of our 180 school supers want “to be freed from having to teach the integrated math curriculum’, according to a Dept of Ed survey.