Algebra Textbooks Evaluation
CORD Algebra 1 

Available Charts:  Typical Sightings Summary of Instructional Analysis Ratings 

Authors:  Center for Occupational Research and Development Staff: John Souders, Jr., Director; Michael L. Crawford; Lewis Westbrook; Leno Pedrotti; John Chamberlain 

Publisher:  SouthWestern Educational Publishing  
Edition:  1998  
Subject Area:  Algebra  
Grade Level/ Format:  This textbook is appropriate for grades 612. It consists of 12 chapters. The student edition may come as one complete textbook or in two parts, Part A (Chapters 16) and Part B (Chapters 7 12).  
Activities:  In a typical chapter, students (1) read objectives and a realworld lesson and view a video showing how mathematical concepts can be applied in different workplace scenarios; (2) engage in activities throughout the lessons in each chapter; (3) apply their knowledge in critical thinking questions, example exercises about the concepts and/or skills, and ongoing assessments; (4) answer lesson assessment problems, which include think and discuss (word problems, usually allowing students to explain and describe), practice and problem solving (calculations  single responses) and a mixed review (a combination of problems from current and previous lessons); (5) apply knowledge through handson participation in math lab activities and realworld math application problems; and (6) complete chapter assessments that combine skills, applications, and math lab exercises.  
Assessment:  Assessments include standardized tests for each chapter, projects, and alternative assessments, which include selfassessment (portfolios) and a performance assessment task. Other types of assessments include ongoing assessments, lesson assessments, which consist of think and discuss, practice and problem solving, and mixed review exercises, and chapter assessments, which consist of skills, applications, and math lab problems.  
Web Site(s):  http://www.cord.org 
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