Washington Mathematics Textbook Selection Process, Issues, Results

OSPI Recommendations for K-8 Math Textbooks.

Curricula included in the State Board of Education’s review and recommended, are as follows:

Elementary Grade K-5 Recommendations
Math Expressions
Math Connects

Middle Grades 6-8 Recommendations
Math Connects
Holt Mathematics,
Prentice Hall Mathematics

Curricula included in the State Board of Education’s review but not recommended, are as follows:

Elementary Grade K-5
Bridges in Mathematics - not recommended
Investigations - not recommended

Middle Grades 6-8
Math Thematics - not recommended


OSPI Recommendations for High School Math Textbooks

Curricula included in the State Board of Education’s review and recommended, are as follows:

High School Recommendations
Holt Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

Curricula included in the State Board of Educations review but not recommended

High School
Core-Plus Courses 1, 2, and 3 - not recommended
Discovering Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra - not recommended
Glencoe Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry - not recommended



“Regarding math curriculum, I support the recommendations of the SBE’s consultants, and I will not be advancing the “Bridges” curriculum for grades K-5.” Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. Quote from Bringing Change and Improvement to the State’s Student Assessment System.

“The purpose of this memorandum is to communicate that I concur with the original recommendation of Strategic Teaching, a consultant to the State Board of Education (SBE), regarding the K-5 mathematics curricula recommendations for Math Connects and Math Expressions. I am modifying the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI’s) December 2008 final recommendations for K-5 basic mathematics curricula to keep Math Connects and Math Expressions and to remove Bridges in Mathematics as one of the three elementary recommendations put forward by the former superintendent.” Memo from Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. MEMORANDUM NO. 014-09M K-12 Education.
See Superintendent Dorn's Update on the K-5 Mathematics Curricula Recommendations.

“Superintendent Dorn’s final high school recommendations are based on both the work of OSPI and the SBE as directed by statute. The final recommendation for high school is: Holt Mathematics.” Quote from a May 4, 2009 memo to School District Superintendents, School District Curriculum Directors, and other interested parties from Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.