Colo. District Aims to Avoid Controversy with New Math Materials

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Boulder Valley School District's last adoption of new elementary math materials was mired in controversy.

Ten years ago, a committee recommended one program, "Everyday Mathematics," but instead the district adopted the "Investigations" series -- a new, relatively untested series that was derided by critics at the time as promoting "fuzzy" math and abandoning the requirement to learn math facts.

Several elementary schools, unhappy with the selection, fundraised to buy the more expensive Everyday Mathematics materials instead, raising equity issues. Committee members also expressed frustration that their recommendation didn't go through.

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