The Math Survey Results

In September PWCS presented the results of the Math Survey to the school board. The results presented include the following:

  • about 50% of parents and teachers believe Investigations meets their students needs
  • parents believe that improved communication is necessary to improve the program

The actual survey results were obtained from PWCS via FOIA.  What was not reported was that the percentage of parents who are unsatisfied with the Math Investigations program rises from 25% in Grade 1 to 41% in Grade 3.  Additionally, 13% of parents reported that they believed traditional math should be taught along side or in lieu of Math Investigations, yet what was reported was the 11% who asked for improved communication.

Below are the compiled results of the math survey, as obtained from PWCS.

Math Investigations Meets My Child’s Needs

Overall responses indicated the following regarding the above statement

  • 23% provided no answer or did not know
  • 24% disagreed or strongly disagreed
  • 53% agreed or strongly agree

Parents who completed the survey indicated which grade their children were in.  Survey results for the statement “Math Investigations is meeting my child’s mathematics needs,” by grade level were:

Kindergarten

  • 35% no answer or don’t know
  • 14% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 51% agree or strongly agree

1st Grade

  • 22% no answer or don’t know
  • 22% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 56% agree or strongly agree

2nd Grade

  • 20% no answer or don’t know
  • 27% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 54% agree or strongly agree

3rd Grade

  • 17% no answer or don’t know
  • 36% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 48% agree or strongly agree

Overall, I am satisfied with the Math Investigations Program.

Overall responses indicated the following regarding the above statement

  • 18% provided no answer or did not know
  • 28% disagreed or strongly disagreed
  • 55% agreed or strongly agree

Parents who completed the survey indicated which grade their children were in.  Survey results for the statement “Overall, I am satisfied with the Math Investigations Program” by grade level were:

Kindergarten

  • 30% no answer or don’t know
  • 16% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 54% agree or strongly agree

1st Grade

  • 16% no answer or don’t know
  • 25% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 59% agree or strongly agree

2nd Grade

  • 14% no answer or don’t know
  • 33% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 54% agree or strongly agree

3rd Grade

  • 11% no answer or don’t know
  • 41% disagree or strongly disagree
  • 48% agree or strongly agree

In response to the question “Please express the reason for your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the Math Investigations Program” the following responses were noted:

  • 45% did not respond
  • 7% were not familiar with the program
  • 15% reported satisfaction with the support for learning and understanding in the program
  • 12% said the program was confusing, boring, complicated, not challenging and lowered performance
  • 13% said traditional math should be taught along side or in lieu of Math Investigations
  • 7% said there is a need for more communication with parents in Math Investigations

In response to the question “What areas of the Investigations program need improvement?” the following responses were noted:

  • 58% did not respond
  • 13% reported that traditional / basic math should be taught along with or in lieu of Math Investigations
  • 11% reported that there is a need for more communication with parents on Math Investigations.
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2 Responses to “The Math Survey Results”

  1. WestSeattleDan Says:

    What Works Clearinghouse has reported in there long term longitudinal study of 4 math Program the following at the end of grade 1

    TERC/Investigations #4 out of 4 as in last.

    http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/publications/quickreviews/QRReport.aspx?QRID=117

    The authors report that math achievement of ME and Saxon students was 0.30 standard deviations higher than Investigations students, equivalent to moving a student from the 50th to 62nd percentile. Math achievement of ME and Saxon students was 0.24 standard deviations higher than SFAW students, equivalent to moving a student from the 50th to the 59th percentile.

  2. PWCS Lies, Lies, and More Lies « PWC Education Reform Blog Says:

    […] the math survey demonstrated overwhelming support from county residents for the math program. Click hereto see the actual data, obtained by FOIA, which PWCS chose not to […]


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