May 2007 Newsletter 
Nonconforming *  
SAXON MATH Harcourt Achieve ©2007Course 1 
MATH McDougal ©2007Course 1 
HOLT MATH Holt ©2007Course 1 
TEXAS MATH Prentice ©2008Course 1 
TEXAS MATH Glencoe ©2007Course 1 
EVERYDAY MATH McGraw ©2004 
CONNECTED MATH 2 Prentice ©2008 

OVERALL RATING  BEST  GOOD  FAIR  FAIR  POOR  VERY POOR  WORST 
Daily number fact practice during 1st semester; daily mental math exercises all year 
* Texas designated this program "nonconforming" because it fails to meet state standards. The Texas textbook review panel found that Everyday Math meets only 64.10% of Texas 6th grade Math standards (see pp. 13 of the panel's findings).  
How much do these programs stress …  
reinventing algorithms more efficiently memorized? 
Teaches standard algorithms; develops concepts incrementally  Teaches standard algorithms 
Teaches standard algorithms 
Teaches standard algorithms 
Usually teaches standard algorithms 
Students often learn nonstandard algorithms or invent their own algorithms. 
Protracted student efforts to invent own algorithms preempt class time, multiply redundancies. 
calculator dependence over mental training? 
Calculator use suggested for 34 problems, not expected elsewhere 
Calculator use stipulated for 157 problems, not expected elsewhere 
Calculator use stipulated for 69 problems, accepted elsewhere 
Calculator use stipulated for 110 problems, accepted elsewhere 
Calculator use stipulated for 245 problems, accepted elsewhere 
Calculator use encouraged about 57% (4/7) of the time overall 
Calculator use encouraged for most problems 
estimation over exact answers? 
92 problems require estimation, not exact answers (rounding not counted) 
416 problems require estimation, not exact answers (rounding not counted) 
314 problems require estimation, not exact answers (rounding not counted) 
290 problems require estimation, not exact answers (rounding not counted) 
455 problems require estimation, not exact answers (rounding not counted) 
161 problems require estimation, not exact answers (rounding not counted) Heavy calculator use deemphasizes estimation. 
158 problems require estimation, not exact answers (rounding not counted) Heavy calculator use deemphasizes estimation. 
peer dependence over personal skillbuilding? 
Stresses independent work, except: 9 activities for pairs or small groups; all but 2 are in TE only 
Stresses independent work, except: 26 group "Activity" exercises including games that introduce chapters 
49 suggested group activities, 13 of these in SE 
80 group activities, usually for pairs; includes recurring "Alternative Assessments" for student pairs 
26 group activities; most suggested in TE, not SE 
175 suggested group activities, most for partners, dilute independent work. 
114 activities for pairs or small groups; part of every lesson 
How thoroughly do these programs reinforce the following skills?  
adding and subtracting decimals 
364 problems (no calculator dependence) 
164 problems (no calculator dependence) 
177 problems (calculator used if faster) 
165 problems (calculator used if faster) 
144 problems (calculator used for large numbers) 
79 problems (not including games, which may or may not use calculators) 
113 problems (calculator used for all but initial problems on these operations) 
adding and subtracting fractions 
379 problems (no calculator dependence) 
407 problems (no calculator dependence) 
493 problems (suggests converting fractions to decimals on calculator before solving) 
322 problems (suggests use of "fraction calculator") 
406 problems (calculator not used for adding and subtracting fractions) 
246 problems (suggests use of "fraction calculator") 
152 problems (calculator not used for adding and subtracting fractions) 
multiplying and dividing decimals 
607 problems (no caculator dependence) 
505 problems (no calculator dependence) 
527 problems (calculator used if faster) 
256 problems (calculator used if faster) 
422 problems (calculator used for large numbers) 
209 problems (not including games, which may or may not use calculators) 
280 problems (calculators encouraged for all but initial problems on these operations 
multiplying and dividing fractions 
470 problems (no calculator dependence) 
415 problems (no calculator dependence) 
454 problems (suggest converting fractions to decimals on calculator before solving) 
297 problems (suggests use of "fraction calculator") 
343 problems (calculator not used for multiplying and dividing fractions) 
446 problems (suggests use of "fraction calculator") 
316 problems (calculator use accepted but not encouraged for these operations) 
finding area and perimeter of geometric shapes 
Thorough (2 of our 11 pages of documentation cover this) 
Thorough (2 of our 11 pages of documentation cover this) 
Fair (2 of our 11 pages of documentation cover this) 
Poor (2 of our 11 pages of documentation cover this) 
Fair (2 of our 11 pages of documentation cover this) 
Minimal (2 of our 11 pages of documentation cover this) 
Inconsistent Strong on some topics, weak on others (see our documentation) 