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Algebra Textbooks
A Standards-Based Evaluation

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Background Information

TITLE Interactive Mathematics Program(IMP)
Authors: Dan Fendel, Diane Resek, Lynne Alper, Sherry Fraser
Publisher: Key Curriculum Press
Edition: 1997-1999
Subject Area: Integrated Mathematics
Grade Level/Format: This textbook series in designed for grades 9-12. A textbook for each year consists of five units. The textbooks are labeled as Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4. Only Years 1, 2, and 3 were evaluated. Year 4 was not complete at the time of the evaluation.
Time Frame: Units take six to eight weeks to complete using a 50-minute class period.
Main Topics:
  • Algebra/Number/Function
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability/Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Logic/Reasoning
Activities: A typical unit engages students in a central problem through class activities and homework. Class activities include examining new concepts, reviewing daily homework, and solving Problems of the Week (POWs) in which students describe their work on the problem and explain their reasoning in write-ups. Each unit contains a section of supplemental problems.
Assessment: Assessments include in-class and take-home assessments at the end of each unit. These assessments do not cover the concepts/skills of the entire unit. They allow students to demonstrate some of what they have learned. Some supplemental problems may be used as assessment items as well.
Cost: Student edition: $41.95 (Year 1)
    $42.95 (Year 2)
    $43.95 (Year 3)
    $44.95 (Year 4)
Teacher's guide: $20.85 per unit
CREDIBILITY Following are references for reports on Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP). Please check the web site for further information about additional evaluations and reviews.
Empirical Evaluation:

(1) IMP Students Score Higher than Traditional Peers. (Fall, 2000). Evaluation Update, No. 4.

(2) Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) Five-year Evaluation: An Outline. (Fall, 1996). Evaluation Update, No. 2.

(3) Standardized Tests: Highlights from Current Studies of IMP Student Performance. (Spring 1995). Evaluation Update, No. 1.

(4) CPRE Study Shows Mathematics Gains for Low Achieving Student Populations in IMP Classes. (Spring, 1995). Evaluation Update, No. 1.

NCTM Standards Analysis: American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2000). Algebra textbooks: A standards-based evaluation. Washington, D.C.: Author.

Choppin, J. (September, 1997). Review: Interactive Mathematics Program Series: Student Textbook: Year 1. NCTM Mathematics Teacher, Vol.90, No. 6.

U.S. Department of Education. (1999). Exemplary and promising mathematics programs. Washington, DC: Author.



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