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District to offer more practice with new books

June 7, 2007

A desire for children to get more practice working math problems so they can function better in the real world will be met in the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District.

Parents and School Board members have said they have wanted students to get more practice with math mechanics for some time. The board approved June 4 switching to the Real Math program series of math texts, which seem to combine more math computation with the best of the district's current program.

Officials noted that Maple Dale-Indian Hill students do well on achievement tests in math, but likely will do better with more math practice.

Since the district started with its current math program, Everyday Math, other math curriculums have come out that provide a mix to fit the district's needs better, wrote District Administrator Mary Jordan Dean in a memorandum to the School Board.

Representatives from grades one through five looked at several alternative math programs this year to determine if a switch should be made, she wrote. The Real Math program was recommended.

Teachers said the texts provided development in key areas: understanding, computing, applying, reasoning and engaging, she wrote.

The new program also provides a chance for students to write, which is in line with the district's goal of having writing across the curriculum, she noted.

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