The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) have published an open letter to the education community calling for changes to EdReports reviews of instructional materials for their alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). According to the letter, “the current ratings and reviews do not provide the types and quality of information needed to make informed choices about the extent to which particular materials support students’ learning, or teachers’ teaching, of CCSSM.”
Specifically, the letter cites issues with three major aspects of the EdReports reviews.
- The EdReports alignment criteria focus on only a subset of the standards for each grade, excluding Critical Areas emphasized in the CCSSM.
- The EdReports Evaluation Tool specifies three major gateways that materials must clear sequentially. Review of instructional material stops and does not continue to the remaining gateways as soon as it fails to meet the criteria of a single gateway. Every review should be complete.
- The EdReports process currently allows reports to be posted with numerous errors, including misunderstandings of the CCSSM and methods for effective teaching and assessment.
In a press release NCTM President Diane Briars said, “We support the goal of EdReports to provide useful information for those who are selecting instructional materials that support implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Teachers and decision makers need good information to make choices about instructional materials. However, the EdReports primary analysis focuses on only a subset of CCSSM standards at each grade, omitting standards in CCSSM Critical Areas, such as probability and statistics in middle school. It also focuses on the amount of time devoted to this subset of standards instead of on the quality of treatment of all the standards. Furthermore, its gateway system of reviewing materials in many cases neglects the importance of the Mathematical Practices in the Common Core, and excludes many materials from the kind of thorough reviews that are needed in the field.”