We assisted the Hawai'i Department of Education (HIDOE) with reviewing math curricular materials for a K-12 statewide adoption using resources from The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas. This process involved a full evaluation of mathematics materials - from standard hard copy student and teacher edition textbooks to entirely digital materials - from 23 different publishers. The purpose of our evaluation was to narrow the number of programs that would move on to the next level of analysis by determining the extent to which the programs aligned with CCSS and pedagogical (instructional) standards. After we conducted a full evaluation of materials, we ranked the programs and recommended them for review by the Hawaii Curriculum Review Committee (HCRC).
We then led the HCRC, which was comprised of 48 K-12 mathematics teachers, coaches, principals, and other math experts, through the process of scoring and ranking the materials in order to identify the top two (K-12) programs for recommendation to the HIDOE for adoption.
The HCRC evaluation process focused on the extent to which materials aligned with:
- Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice (Instructional Standards)
- Common Core State Standards (Content Standards)
- Digital Materials Requirement and Support (Textbook Overview)
- Overall Usability and Impression of the Program (Overall Impression)
I observed several successful practices that align with the CCSS and the eight mathematical practices which can be applied by a district considering adoption of new materials. We followed the following four phases based on The Charles A. Dana Center materials for analysis and selection of curricular materials. As an educator, I believe following this process and applying the practices outlined within them to be most instrumental in determining the correct materials for your district and school.
Phase 1: Study the Standards and Eight Mathematical Practices
Phase 2: Narrow the Field of Instructional Materials
Phase 3: Assess Subject-Area Horizontal Alignment
Phase 4: Assess Vertical Alignment
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Kevin Kemp, M.A. Research Associate
When not at work Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Crystal, his son Tyrus, and daughter Kendall.