Escondiso flunks CPM, IMP
Traditional math has best SAT scores. San Diego Union 1/21/98 A step
back for the new math Trustees act to end it at one high school Susan
Gembrowski "Students in new math at Orange Glen, for example, scored
an average of 477 on the SAT, while those in traditional classes at
the same campus had average scores of 502. " ""No data is available
that indicates that the integrated math is a success," he said. "
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From: "Mike McKeown" (by way of James
Subject: Escondido Changes Math Plan
Date sent: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 16:17:31 -0600
Subject: Time: 10:41 AM
OFFICE MEMO Escondido Changes Math Plan Date: 1/21/98
Last night, the Escondido Union High School District (North eastern San Diego
County, CA) board made some major changes in district mathematics programs.
These changes are based largely on examination of the performance of students
in the different programs on various nationally normed tests.
Escodido previously tried and dropped College Prep Math (CPM).
1) IMP (Interactive Mathematics Program) will be dropped after the current
group of students finish.
2) The Core Plus Mathematics Program (CPMP) will become, along with the
current "traditional" program, the two programs offered in Escondido High
3) Parents/students will have a choice of math programs between the current
"traditional" offering and the CPMP.
3) The default "choice" will be the "traditional" program. Students will be
enrolled in CPMP only if they actively choose it.
The newspaper report follows.
San Diego Union
A step back for the new math
Trustees act to end it at one high school
By Susan Gembrowski
January 21, 1998
ESCONDIDO -- Escondido Union High School District trustees last night
agreed to eliminate a new math pilot program at Orange Glen High
School after a report showed that math test scores there were the
worst in the district.
But trustees voted 4-0, with John D'Amelio absent, to make new math
programs at San Pasqual and Escondido high schools a permanent part of
the curriculum. The programs have been tried on an experimental basis.
The new math program at Orange Glen -- known as the Integrated Math
Program -- most likely will be phased out over several years, so that
students enrolled in the program can remain until they graduate.
The school board reviewed a report outlining the results of the
Metropolitan Achievement Test, a standardized test given nationally,
and found that students in the district's traditional math classes
generally outperformed those in new math classes.
Larry Gipson, a Valley Center parent who founded a back-to-basics math
group, noted that "traditional math wins out on every page" of the
Indeed, the report also showed that students at all three high schools
who took traditional math classes outperformed students in new math
classes on the Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT, a standard used
nationwide for college admission.
Students in new math at Orange Glen, for example, scored an average of
477 on the SAT, while those in traditional classes at the same campus
had average scores of 502.
The Escondido high school district adopted the new math curriculum
about five years ago at Orange Glen, four years ago at San Pasqual and
two years ago at Escondido High.
The academic war over how math should be taught in secondary and
elementary schools heated up in California last year when the state
Board of Education reviewed math standards and adopted ones that
tended to shift math teaching back to basic drills, computation and
Newer approaches emphasize word problems, where students take
imaginary bicycle trips and sketch graphs charting the course of the
deer herd population, for example. In new math classes, students are
allowed to use calculators.
Escondido Union switched to the new math approach when the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommended it in the early 1990s,
Assistant Superintendent Jayme Arner said.
"The programs were built based on brain research that showed rote
learning is not the best way for all students to learn," he said.
But the district's scores show that the traditional math proponents
are being vindicated, Gipson said.
"No data is available that indicates that the integrated math is a
success," he said.
Copyright 1998 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.