WEST ORANGE, NJ — Help is on the way for West Orange parents who are baffled by their children’s math thanks to the Parent Roadmap that was part of the Math Program Evaluation Committee’s report (a year two strategic plan objective). The report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the West Orange district’s math program from third grade to high school geometry.

As described at Monday’s board of education meeting, the Parent Roadmap assesses whether parents’ needs are being met at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels when it comes to getting the help they need to assist their children with the new math.

In the overall Parent Roadmap assessment for elementary schools, the committee found that there are many online resources—but that these resources can be hard to locate.

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“We suggest that more explanation become available either through a flyer sent home, information at a math night or online videos to make sure the resources are able to be used,” said Susan McAbee, a parent who served on the committee.  

According to the roadmap, the middle school program “seems inadequate.” The report states: “We suggest looking into a program that has more resources for both the teachers and for students and parents at home. Parents are particularly interested in online math discussion/answer resources.”

McAbee said that parents would like to have more nighttime sessions to learn about the math programs being taught to their children.

The committee’s report found that the overall program for high school parents “seems fine, with a few minor adjustments.” However, the committee noted that the survey results at the high school level “were not useful,” because only 15 parents responded. It also recommended additional outreach at the beginning of the school year to get a more valid response.

The full report’s findings and recommendations to fulfill objectives in 2019 will be posted on www.woboe.org. The next meeting will be on July 16.