Harford County Public School’s (HCPS) launched a new math program, enVisionmath 2.0, which has changed students’ opinion about their once favorite subject. Many of the students are finding math unbearable, saying they now hate it.
Pearson Education, the nationwide provider of standardized tests and textbook series for elementary, middle and high schools, is responsible for the creation of the new math program. Pearson is currently in a $1.2 million, four-year contract with Harford County Public Schools and provides PARCC tests in Harford County and other public school districts throughout the state.
The enVisionmath 2.0 program replaced the Everyday Mathematics program and went into effect the current school year. According to school officials, the new program was among the top five mathematics textbook series in the nation and meets the Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards.
The Harford County Public School System’s Elementary Textbook Selection Committee, comprised of 40 elementary school teachers, worked alongside the Office of Mathematics research enVisionmath. After the program was selected, the General Curriculum Committee approved it.
“We are confident that this instructional resource will meet the needs of all stakeholders while supporting the written curriculum,” said Susan Brown, Harford County Schools’ executive director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, at the time, explaining HCPS officials were confident that the series would “align with rigorous expectations of middle and high school course sequences.”