High School Math Adoption
Adopted by the School Board, March 17, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Algebra 1-Geometry-Algebra 2 (HMH:AGA) digital materials with:
- Class set of 40 hardbound textbooks
- Physical teacher editions
- Class set of 40 Chromebooks for student access to digital content
Projected cost of this adoption for all high school math classrooms is $299,250 for HMH:AGA materials, $381,920 for the Chromebooks, plus professional development and technology support
Formed in fall 2012, the Hillsboro School District Math Study Team’s goal was to adopt math curriculum materials that: aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS); increased achievement in math for all students; and strategically used technology to enhance math education. The team evaluated materials for Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. Out of several publishers’ materials, they rated Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Algebra 1-Geometry-Algebra 2 (HMH:AGA) series the highest. In addition, after finding that digital content was becoming increasingly available, the team conducted preliminary research in spring 2014 that determined their evaluation also should include online resources and technology tools.
The Math Study Team’s review resulted in three types of curricula that were evaluated in pilot classrooms in fall 2014: HMH:AGA textbooks only; HMH:AGA textbooks with digital options; or open education resources (free, but completely vetted, online content) via the Schoology learning management system. Diverse learning needs and cybersecurity of students also were addressed. In winter 2014, the team surveyed the pilot students, teachers and parents, and conducted a final vote of team members and district math teachers. Their final recommendation, HMH:AGA textbooks with digital options, was brought to the Citizens Curriculum Advisory Committee and to the School Board.
On March 17, 2015, the School Board voted to adopt the Math Study Team’s recommendation. Costs are projected to be $299,250 for the HMH:AGA materials and $381,920 for Chromebooks to supply class sets for all of the district’s high school classrooms. District educators will receive professional development and technology support to ensure they can fully support the curriculum and lessons using both textbooks and digital resources. Also, Schoology, which the district already owns, will continue to be available to provide additional online math resources.
The Math Study Team will evaluate the adoption to identify any gaps in student achievement and improvement, promote effective teaching practices, and develop strategies for continuous improvement.
Click here for an overview of the HMG:AGA materials.