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Math Adoption

The committee met from September 2008 - June 2009. Please see the outcomes, listed below.


New! Question and Answers Website
The purpose of this Question and Answer Section Regarding Everyday Math is to provide the community with responses to the questions and issues that have been raised regarding the recommendation to the board that it adopt Everyday Math for grades K-5 for the 2009-2010 school year.  It is important to note the process here.  By board policy, staff makes a recommendation regarding the instructional materials to be used by teachers and students to the board.  The board then makes the final decision regarding these materials and must approve instructional materials.

In the case of this math adoption, the board will have this item on its April 14 agenda for discussion.  At this point it is scheduled to be brought back for board action at the April 28 meeting.

K-5 Parent Math Evening to Learn about the Everyday Math Program

Staff has also planned a K-5 Parent Math Evening to learn about the Everyday Math Program, including sessions on components of the materials, the use of technology, and the home-school connection.  This evening is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Nixon Elementary School at 1711 Stanford Avenue.  Childcare and live Spanish translation will be available.  If you have any questions, please contact Ginni Davis at 329-3709 or via email at

Handouts from the April 21st Math Evening
Kinder Everyday Math Sampler
First Grade Everyday Math Sampler
Second Grade Everyday Math Sampler
Third Grade Everyday Math Sampler
Fourth Grade Everyday Math Sampler
Fifth Grade Everyday Math Sampler
Basic Facts 1st -5th Sampler

PAUSD initiated the elementary and middle school mathematics adoption process in September 2008. A committee of teachers, parents, curriculum specialists, and administrators has been reviewing the sets of math approved by the State Board of Education (SBE). The Elementary Committee reviewed all nine of the SBE adopted materials and narrowed the list to the two programs that are currently being piloted: Pearson’s Envision with the Investigations supplement and Wright Group/McGraw Hill’s CA Everyday Mathematics. The committee will recommend a program to be used in Palo Alto schools grades K-5 beginning in Fall 2009. The recommendation will go to the PAUSD Board on April 14, 2009.

Adoption Process
Committees were established for the Elementary Mathematics Materials Adoption and the Middle School Mathematics Materials Adoption. Both were charged to review materials approved by the State Board of Education and present a recommendation to the PAUSD Board. The committees have worked in tandem, sharing information to ensure that the adoption recommendations would provide a strong continuum for learning K-8.

The selection committee and process are defined by Board policy which states that “A textbook Selection Committee shall be convened … for adoption of basic textbooks including:
* Classroom teachers (K-5) …. with a balance of primary and upper grades
* Representation of a full array of special needs youngsters including staff representation from Special Education
* Two to five community members selected by the superintendent or designee after consultation with the PTA Council Executive Board and other community members”

Application Process
The committee represents a wide range of needs and interests. Parents on the committee should have a child currently enrolled in K-5. It was also imperative that parents do not have any conflict of interest with any of the publishers on the approved State Department of Education adoption list (…). To apply parents were asked to fill out a short application. Applications were available at each school site, on the district website, and through the Curriculum/Professional Development Department. We received 4 applications and 3 parents were selected to serve on the committee. These parents are representatives of the community at large; not school site reps. To view the applicaiton, click here.

The Elementary Mathematics Materials Adoption Committee has been enhanced by the following efforts:

  • Math Specialists (TOSAs) participated in regional training and orientation to the Mathematics Adoption Toolkit: A Data-Driven Review of Instructional Materials, developed with support from the California Mathematics Council.
  • PAUSD Materials Selection Criteria developed using key accountability questions featured in the Toolkit
    • What do you want your students to know? (Mathematics Content)
    • How will you know your students “know it”? (Assessment)
    • How will you make sure your students “know it”? (Instructional Strategies)
    • How will you make sure ALL students “know it”? (Universal Access)
  • Additionally, the Committee selected these Essential Questions for PAUSD-
    • Which materials best support and align to the PAUSD Math Program?
    • Which materials best meet the PAUSD selection criteria?
    • Which set of materials best supports students, teachers, parents, and the District in the various uses for the materials?
    • Which materials set is THE most complete package for PAUSD?
    • Which materials provide the strongest support for teachers as they plan, present and assess instruction and learning?
  • Review of the K-12 Math Articulation Committee Draft Vision & Mission for PAUSD Mathematics
  • Online survey completed by 70% of the K-5 teachers.
  • Recruitment of Teacher, Principal, and Parent Representatives to form 30-member committee.

To review the math textbook adoption criteria form used in PAUSD, click here.

Below are the agendas and minutes of meetings.

Meeting Date
March 16, 2009 Committee Meeting PDF Document PDF Document
March 11, 2009 Parent /Community Information Night PDF Document PDF Document
February 24, 2009 Committee will debrief the second round of piloting and gather input from community members PDF Document PDF Document
January 28, 2009 Committee met to gather data and discuss first round of piloting experiences. PDF Document PDF Document
November 3, 2008 Committee met to finalize piloting protocol and determine units of study. (At this time, it was confirmed that only Envision & Everyday Mathematics would be available to pilot, due to changes in the distribution of SRA Real Math.)PDF Document A document summarizing the piloting protocol and procedures was created at this meeting. PDF Document
October 16, 2008 (K-5)
Committee heard one-hour overviews of selected programs and reviewed further samples provided by the publishers. Three programs were selected for classroom piloting (SRA, Envision, Everyday Mathematics).PDF Document
PDF Document
October 7, 2008 (K-5)
Committee met at the Santa Clara County Office of Education to review and analyze all nine State Approved materials using the pre-established PAUSD criteria. Committee selected four programs and requested publisher presentations.PDF Document
PDF Document
September 22, 2008 (K-8)
Committee Induction and Orientation PDF Document
PDF Document

Should you have questions or concerns, contact Anna Kearney or Toni Allen.

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