Education

Wake parents concerned about new math curriculum in schools

Posted February 20, 2019 10:39 a.m. EST
Updated February 20, 2019 1:02 p.m. EST

— A group of concerned Wake County parents hopes to get answers on Wednesday night about a new math curriculum.

The informational session at Green Hope High School is on the Mathematics Vision Project, or MVP.

The program was first implemented in the district for Math 1 during the 2017-2018 school year. This year, students in Math 2 are also using the curriculum, and Wake school officials say half of the schools in the county use MVP for Math 3 as well.

Wake parents concerned about new math curriculum in schools

Some parents are concerned, saying that their kids taking MVP math have been struggling to learn the subject and maintain good grades.​

Blain Dillard’s son is a sophomore at Green Hope High School. Dillard said he wants school leaders to be more transparent about the program and study data on whether it’s been successful so far.

"They've gone from being lovers of math, confident in math and making A's in math to struggling," said Dillard. "They're making C's, D's and even F's in math. Having to get a tutor, having to do extra work and not knowing how to do math homework problems at the end of the day."

Dillard says other parents share his concerns.

"The key thing is, at the end of the class day when they come home, can they do they problem? My kid is sitting there looking at the homework assignment, and he can't do it," said Dillard.

Drew Cook, assistant superintendent for Academics for the Wake County Public School System, says the system has only received a few complaints about MVP math since last year and there doesn’t seem to be a system-wide problem. But he said leaders want to hear from parents and address their concerns.

Green Hope High School leaders will lead the informational session for parents with students affected by the new curriculum on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school's media center. District leaders will be there as well to answer questions.