Concern about ASM Lower School Math Curriculum
We the parents of ASM Lower School students are concerned about the quality of the lower School math curriculum and especially the change to Everyday Math this academic year.
We would like to see an independent audit of the quality of the Everyday Math curriculum compared to other math options as well as detailed performance metrics of our student math performance compared to other schools.
Our concerns are:
- We are concerned as research shows Everyday Math curriculum to be of lower caliber to other leading programs (GoMath, Singapore Math, for example), and school districts that began with Everyday Math have removed it from their schools. In Illinois and California, in particular.
- Students and parents have noticed a significant change in the level, caliber and rigor of the math exercises and homework of Everyday Math this year
- Everyday Math was implemented this year without parent communication until after the decision was taken and it appears teachers were not trained in advance and only received the new curriculum at the beginning of the school year.
-We are concerned with the overall rigor of the lower school math curriculum and this could have knock on effects to why the middle and high school programs also appear to be underperforming at ASM
- We want to better understand the math goals of lower school and how we can continue to increase the performance of students to be better at and even above grade level to other schools.
- We want to understand the review and conclusions of students, teachers, administrators and parents of this first year of curriculum implementation. A post mortem.
We propose to readdress the Lower School Math Curriculum at ASM and better align math to be competitive with other top international and US schools.
Concerned parents at ASM