New math, new materials at Twin Falls schools

Magic Valley Times-News

Educators in Idaho’s Twin Falls School District will begin using new textbooks aligned with the state’s education standards and that emphasize student understanding. “It really requires a much deeper understanding of math,” says L.T. Erickson, director of secondary programs. As states have implemented higher standards, math instruction has shifted to prioritize fluency with numbers and functions. Students still need to know traditional problem-solving strategies, like multiplication tables and standard algorithms, but instruction now encourages multiple problem-solving approaches to help build foundational skills. Across the country, schools are engaging parents to help them understand the changes and better support their children’s learning.

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