**High School Mathematics Curriculum Study**

Prepared for the Washington State Board of Education

by Linda Plattner

**March 11, 2009**

Strategic Teaching

**A Review of Four High-School Mathematics Programs**

Guershon Harel

University of California, San Diego

harel@math.ucsd.edu

The programs in examined in this review are:

• Core-Plus Courses 1, 2, and 3

• Discovering Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra

• Holt Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

• Glencoe Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

• Core-Plus Courses 1, 2, and 3

• Discovering Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra

• Holt Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

• Glencoe Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

**WashingtonState HighSchoolMathTextReview**

by W.StephenWilson

**March 2009**

The programs in examined in this review are:

• Core-Plus Courses 1, 2, and 3

• Discovering Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra

• Holt Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

• Glencoe Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

**2008 WA State High School Mathematics Review Comparison: Looking at Mathematical Soundness**

Characteristics of the Glencoe high school math program

Characteristics of the Glencoe high school math program

**Mathematically unacceptable****Presents unexplained, unjustified rules and procedures related to algebraic skills****Direct instruction with practice problems****Mini-labs for conceptual understanding****Optional group activities****Well crafted word problems****Good sequencing****Errors in content and incorrect language****Concepts presented as rules****Confusing and misleading explanations**