Ithaca High School, Ithaca City School District, New York
Standards Alignment and Customization Make eMATH Curricula the Obvious Choice
Ithaca High School (IHS) is home to a math department of 16 teachers, led by 30-year veteran educator, Steve Weissburg. He says the school found eMATHinstruction (eMATH) at just the right time. As New York was transitioning to the Common Core State Standards in 2011, schools like IHS were looking for new textbooks and curricula. The standards-aligned framework, online accessibility, and customizability of the eMATH materials impressed the search committee.
Soon, teachers at the school were using eMATH lessons, homework sets, student workbooks, videos and more for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry courses. The pass rates on the New York Regents Exams increased for all three courses and have remained high since the transition to eMATH materials. Though there were other shifts in the math department at the same time, Steve says eMATH has played an important role in this success.
There’s a lot of power in teachers using the same materials, even if they modify it. Then we can get together and have focused discussions about lessons. We’ve been doing this ever since we started using eMATH.Steve Weissburg, Math Department Chair