Comments, ideas and concerns about the math curricula at Andover Public Schools

Monday, June 25, 2007

Internal Job Posting for Andover Public Schools -- Program Advisor for Mathematics 6-12

Program Advisor for mathematics 6-12
 General Description:
Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, the program advisor Mathematics will be responsible for the four major areas of instructional leadership: curriculum and instruction; supervision and evaluation of teachers; staff development; and, administration.

Full posting is available at:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

School Committee meeting Tues June 26 7:30pm

The last School Committee meeting of the year is on Tuesday night June 26 at 7:30pm

Agenda can be found at

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Math Plan Poll

Only a few parents were quoted in Monday's Eagle-Tribune story mentioned below. After you have reviewed the administration's math plan, please vote in the following poll:

Feel free to explain your vote by leaving a comment!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Eagle Tribune Follow Up article on Andover math

The Monday, June 18, edition of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune has a follow-up article called "Some unhappy with math plan" on page 2. The article is available online (excerpt only - full text available to Eagle Tribune subscribers with a Plus Edition account.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Middle School Math Plan

The Middle School Math plan is now available on the aps1 server. Look left for the link to the plan.

At the School Committee we were told that if we have questions or comments about the plan these should be submitted to the middle school principals with copies to the School Committee.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Eagle-Tribune article on Andover math

The Tuesday, June 12 edition of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune contains a story titled "Parents continue to ask for addition of advanced math" on page 7. The article is available online here (excerpt only -- full text available to Eagle-Tribune subscribers with a Plus Edition account.)

In spite of some minor factual inaccuracies, the article is fair and reflects well on the concerns discussed here on the blog. Andover Public Schools parents Marj Andresen, Lori Barsalou and Debbie Begos -- all of whom have contributed to this site -- are quoted in the article.

Friday, June 8, 2007

School Committee meeting Tues June 12 at 7:30pm

Next School Committee meeting is Tuesday June 12 at 7:30pm in the School Admin building (back of Doherty).

Agenda includes Middle School Math Program Update during the Communications section of the meeting (approx scheduled at 7:30pm.

Agenda also includes next textbook adoptions during the Education section of the meeting (approx scheduled at 8:00pm).

This meeting is free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Andover Townsman weekly poll

If you have a moment please go to:

You can vote in this week's poll at the bottom right:
Andover assistant superintendent, the leader in determining how lessons are taught and what textbooks are used, is leaving. On what area do you want the next curriculum czar to focus most:
Elementary school math and science
Elementary school English
Other elementary school needs
Middle school math and science
Middle school English
Other middle school needs
High school math and science
High school English
Other high school needs

Monday, June 4, 2007

Tuesday June 5 10am Superintendent's coffee

Tomorrow is the last of Dr. Bach's coffees for this school year. She will be at the Starbucks in downtown Andover at 10am. This is a good opportunity to talk about what's on your mind.