Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Middle School Math Curriculum Adoption Committee

Dear Families,
Seattle Public Schools is beginning the process for evaluating instructional materials for grades 6 - 8 mathematics. An adoption committee will be formed, and its work will begin in March 2017 with the goal of having new instructional materials in use during the 2018-19 school year.
Apply to Join the Grades 6 - 8 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption Committee
The committee will carry out the board-approved adoption process and come to a consensus in order to make a recommendation for instructional materials based upon objective evidence gathered during the process in accordance with Seattle Public Schools Board Policy. The goal is to select an adoption committee that represents the diverse perspectives and experiences of Seattle Public schools, students and families. The committee will be comprised of teachers and principals representing a range of buildings and programs, parents/guardians, community members, and the Seattle Public Schools Adoption Committee coordinators.
Responsibilities of Family/Community Representative(s)
• Attend ALL scheduled meetings
• Assist in reviewing prospective materials
• Communicate to school community
• Serve as a representative of your school community
Tentative Committee Meeting Dates
  • Round 1: March 21April 18May 2May 16May 30 (8:30-3:30 p.m.),June 13 (8:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Round 2: November-December meeting dates (TBD) ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
For more information
To learn more about the Grade 6 – 8 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption Committee or apply for adoption committee membership, please visit the adoption web page at:
All applications must be received by 9:00 a.m. on March 14, 2017.
To submit your application:
Applications may be:
  • Saved and emailed to
  • Mailed to: Seattle Public Schools Attn: Anna Box MS-32-156 PO Box 34156 Seattle, WA 98124-1165
  • Or faxed to: 206-252-0179 Attn: Anna Box
Thank you for your interest!
Anna Box
Mathematics Program Manager
Seattle Public Schools

[One Caveat: the committee is going forward but at this time there is no budget for purchasing the recommendation. The hope is that the financial situation will improve.]


Anonymous said...

So why no comments on this?

Anyone have suggestions for great prealgebra/algebra textbooks. Perhaps some really affordable ones, with no workbooks to purchase every year. Maybe ones with plenty of practice problems right in the book for teachers to assign. Perhaps with pre and post tests printed right on the pages for students to work through?


Anonymous said...

The type of math books you suggest would be considered "old school" and even though they may be mathematically strong, they may not pass through a SPS adoption committee. Pre-Common Core, we used a McDougal Little Pre-algebra text at home to supplement the [deficient] CMP taught in 4th-6th grade. One book covered 3 years worth of middle school math and included worked examples, practice problems, and answers to odd-numbered problems in the back. No workbooks needed.

I'd guess most textbooks are now aligned to Common Core. Bellevue adopted "Core Focus on Math" for implementation in 2014-15.

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to see them use old-school textbooks, something that does NOT focus on the use of graphing calculators. What ever happened to teaching students how to do things manually? Add in a graphic calculator unit at the end of the year if you want to make sure they start learning to use it.