Evaluating and Selecting the Program
Now that you know what the district needs and how the program must support your teachers and students, it’s time to evaluate your options and make your choice:
- Read independent third-party reviews, like the one by EdReports, to help assess whether the program meets the expectations of the standards and has received high scores in usability.
- When speaking with the publishers of the math programs you are considering, be sure to ask the tough questions. Discuss the research behind the program, and clarify what service and support they will provide throughout the life of your adoption.
- Are there districts similar to yours that use the program? What are their experiences with the materials? Do they have feedback on implementation, onboarding, and professional learning support?
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the home stretch! You’re ready to identify the math curriculum that is the best fit for your district.
Cohesive implementation by the entire staff is crucial to the success of any program. As you introduce the new program in your schools, monitor your learning community and ask yourself:
- Are all teachers on board and well trained with the new materials and pedagogy?
- Are they receiving high-quality professional learning?
- Are they comfortable navigating their new resources?
- What feedback are you hearing from parents/caregivers, school board members, and others in your learning community?
Most of all, is the program making educators’ lives easier while increasing test scores and building proficiency in math skills for every student?
Good luck with your search! Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
We wish you, your teachers, and your students many unforgettable “aha!” math moments that lay the foundation for deep comprehension and a lifetime of mathematics success.