The Orland School District 135 Board of Education voted Monday night to make the Digits math program a full-fledged part of the school district’s curriculum for 6th-8th graders.
Digits is a Pearson middle grades math program that builds lessons with real world applications in mind, such as making purchases. The program is intended to meet the new Common Core State Standards, a federal education initiative to shift instruction toward real world scenarios.
The program has been a polarizing subject when it first was being used as a pilot in 2012, with some parents saying it shouldn’t be required because of the technological needs at home to use the program to its full extent.
Parents both for and against adopting Digits spoke in front of the board, offering their views, as did student Jeffrey Linnert, who said that kids in his school ditch math class to avoid using the program.
Read more of what was said at Monday night's meeting in the blog replay above.
Three training sessions will be held with parents on Digits, according to District 135.
- Jerling Jr. High: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6:30 pm
- Orland Jr. High: Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 pm
- Century Jr. High: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 pm
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