As many of you are aware, there is a change in the math program this year at Jackson. The math program we had in the past featured an accelerated component that is no longer being offered. Several parents have reached out to me with their concerns and I am currently gathering information on this matter. The issue with the program was just brought to my attention this past weekend. I ask that you please allow me time to gather information on the program and the decision to discontinue it. Once I have all of the information, I will be able to make an informed decision as to how Jackson will proceed.
During that time however, the needs of our students are being met. Teachers are differentiating instruction in their classroom to ensure that students are being challenged on their level. Teacher will be administering the STAR Math Diagnostic Assessment within the next week to determine individual student's areas of strength and need. Based on the data that we collect, instructional plans will be developed by the teacher to meet student needs. Parents will receive a copy of the report outlining their child's instructional level and need.
Teachers are also focusing on delving deeper into the content beyond "computation" in the classroom. The teachers are presenting students with real world problem solving opportunities that are higher order in thinking. We are also providing resources that are more rigorous so that students are required to take learned mathematical concepts and apply them to solve problems. The Eureka Math curriculum that the teachers are using embeds this rigor into it's lesson. Another source are Exemplars. Attached is an example of an exemplar where students are asked to extend their thinking to an expert level. An exemplar is just one form of challenge that teachers will incorporate into their classrooms. Many resources will be used. Please note that the tool is not important, but what is important is the extending of applied mathematics.
We are currently reviewing data and consulting with the district to come to a resolution on this matter. I am taking steps to ensure that the communities concerns are heard. Once I have fully researched the matter, I will better be able to discuss a possible solution. I realize that this issue is a timely one and I am working as quickly as possible to address your concerns. In the meantime, please take a few moments to review the level of work students will be engaged in.