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How math is taught a worry

An external study will be done of the district curriculum.

By LETITIA STEIN
Published March 14, 2007


TAMPA - The Hillsborough School Board is seeking outside advice about elementary math.

A review of the math program marks a key step toward addressing concerns about the extensively used Voyages curriculum, which the district wrote itself.

Concerns have long festered about the math curriculum in elementary schools. Hillsborough introduced Voyages to elementary schools about seven years ago. Many teachers supplement it with other materials.

In recent years, a group of mothers from south Tampa has brought attention to its shortcomings. In a survey, teachers also raised concerns.

Now Voyages is becoming dated. The state is revamping the math guidelines, and new textbooks are coming in 2009. For now, Hillsborough will use existing resources to teach the new standards.

"What we want to do is get a very clear, external view of what we've been doing and where we need to be going," School Board member Candy Olson said.

The board approved without discussion spending nearly $6-million to buy 58 acres in east Hillsborough where it plans to build an elementary, middle and high school campus.

Fast Facts:

 

New principals

Plant High: Robert Nelson, promoted from assistant principal at the school.

Wharton High: Scott Fritz, from the principal's post at Giunta Middle.

Essrig Elementary: Teresa Campbell, promoted from assistant principal at Essrig.

Wimauma Elementary: Roy Moral, from Palm River Elementary assistant principal.

Liberty Middle: Principal Deborah Hudson Rodgers leaves to oversee school improvement and accountability for the district.