I. Since we created Berkeley High Parent Advocate, by far the greatest number of comments and questions we’ve received have been about the new math curriculum at Berkeley High: Math 1, 2, and 3 (with Advanced sections of each). Many students are struggling with a curriculum that provides no outside resources except “look it up on the internet.” Other parents are concerned about the process for determining if a student is eligible for Advanced Math. Our team has been working to create a dialogue between the math department and the community, including advocating for nationally validated surveys in every class and a special committee consisting of administrators, teachers, students and parents to evaluate ways to improve the current situation.
The Berkeley High PTSA held a very informative forum on April 18, 2018 where parents were able to ask questions of the lead teachers and Vice Principal for math. A summary of the meeting can be found on the PTSA website. Here is a link to the handout described in the summary on recent D/F rates in Berkeley High math.
If you have a student in Math 3 in the 2017-2018 school year, the D/F rate is unusually high (18.1% after the first semester). We have put together an information sheet for how to explain an unusually low math grade to colleges. We will update the information when second semester grades are available.
We are also putting together a Parent’s Guide to Berkeley High Math, based on the responses to our survey, past parent experiences, and input from you (contact us to give suggestions for areas you’d like to see addressed).
II. Of great concern are the recent D/F for the new Mathematics Vision Project curriculum:
Semester 2, 2016-2017 Semester 1, 2017-2018
Math 1 28.4% 25.4%
Math 2 25.2% 26.7%
Math 3 not offered yet 18.1%
IV. Finally–thanks to all parents who responded to our Berkeley High Math Parent Survey. The report of results is now available!