Math Program Review

Math Program Review 
Approximately every six years, each academic program area undergoes a thorough review to identify improvements and enhancements.  Math is up next in the revision cycle. The following reports to the Board of Education provide an update on progress.

April 2020

New math textbooks and resources will be implemented across all grades. The recommendation for the elementary (K-5) textbook and supporting resources is “Bridges in Mathematics.” For junior high, the committee recommended “Big Ideas: Modeling Real Life” the updated version of the current curriculum. Read more

When in-person learning returns next school year, Northbrook Junior High students will be following a schedule that increases math instruction minutes. Math and language arts will be blocked on alternate days – 40 minutes one day and 80 minutes the next, thereby providing an average of 60 minutes per day for each subject over the course of the school year. Read more

March 2020

The focus of the math committee's work this month is the selection of new textbooks and resources. Parents were invited to learn about the process involved in selecting finalists and to review the top two publishers selected by the Math Committee at three elementary forums held March 10 and 11. A forum scheduled for March 31 at Northbrook Junior High was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

February 2020

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kris Raitzer said the math committee is making progress on a thorough review of new curriculum resources. A team is also reviewing the master schedule at the junior high to determine if additional math instructional minutes can be added. Parents will be invited to forums at each school so they can take a look at the potential new resources, provide feedback and ask questions. Information will also be shared via school newsletters with parents who are unable to attend the meetings. Read more

January 2020

The next phase of the math program review is focusing on new curriculum resources and studying how to increase math instructional minutes at the junior high. Read more.

December 2019

Parents were invited to participate in one of two forums held Dec. 9 to learn more about the math program review process and provide feedback in key areas. Read about the information shared at the forum.

At the December 17, 2019 regular board meeting, a new Math Pathways plan was introduced that aligns with other township middle schools and junior highs as well as Glenbrook North High School. 

November 2019

NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a standardized test that District 28 uses alongside other local assessments to provide teachers with immediate feedback on each student’s learning profile, as well as to provide a district-wide overview of student learning. 

MAP scores are averaged nationally into quintiles. The math scores by grade for fall 2019 show 42% to 54% of District 28 students scoring in the top 20%. At the same time, as few as 0.50% to 5% score in the lowest national quintile. Read the full report

October 2019

Results of the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) that was administered to third- through eighth-grade students in March and April of 2019 show student growth in each subject and school. The IAR is the state standardized test that measures student attainment of Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and math.
In math, district-wide scores climbed 4 points to 66 percent of all students meeting or exceeding expectations. Meadowbrook School saw the highest average, where 76 percent of students meet or exceed expectations in math. Read the full report.

September 2019

The 5Essentials Survey is a learning conditions survey developed by the University of Chicago. The state requires all schools to conduct either the 5Essentials Survey or another state-approved climate and culture survey annually.
Results show District 28 schools scored as well-organized or organized, the two highest designations, and each building scored at or above the benchmark score in all Five Essentials. According to the research, schools that are at or above the benchmark on three or more of the five Essentials are ten times more likely to show substantial gains in student learning over time than schools that are below the benchmark. Read more about the 5Essentials.

August 2019

With the first phase of the math program review completed, there are numerous changes in place to improve classroom instruction this year, while a deeper look at instructional materials and practices continues. Read the full report

June 2019

Over 1,200 hours have been invested in the math program review since May 20, with more than 80 staff members contributing to curriculum work, participating in professional learning, or leading professional learning sessions. View enhancements for next year and full report.

May 2019

Math consultant Kristen Clegg is working with teachers to revise pacing calendars and a K-5 homework task force is reviewing policy and practices. Read the full report to the Board of Education

April 2019

The first phase of the improvement process is underway.  The work focuses on revising math curriculum pacing guides, assessments, homework policies, improving parent communication and professional development. Read the report to the Board of Education

March 2019

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kris Raitzer outlined an action plan to update the district’s math program at the Board of Education meeting March 19.  The plan includes adjustments to current practice this year, changes to enhance learning next year, and a comprehensive update the following year. Read the full story.