Math @ BHS
Parents are interested in math at BHS for a variety of reasons and the PTSA is involved in many capacities.
Parent Math Discussions
PTSA Math Discussion Nights in 2017, 2018, 2019, & 2020
identified the following parental concerns

Many students who did well with Eureka Math in middle school struggle at BHS

Most students who struggled with math in middle school never catch up at BHS

There are deficits in the Math 123 Math Vision Project curriculum

There is no textbook, math concepts are not clearly labeled

The examples provided in the module units are insufficient

New concepts presume mastery of past concepts without any review

There’s not enough context for students to find videos on their own


Classroom policies are teacher specific

Some teachers allow retest and/or test correction, others do not

The weight of class participation, tests, and homework varies in grading

Some emphasize learning in groups versus from the teacher

No one corrects homework so students can’t learn from their mistakes

Some let students see and keep their tests, some do not

Students who fail math might succeed with a different teacher

Most but not all teachers use the same final exams


There is no way to measure the math proficiency of BHS students

As mentioned above, grading policies are teacher specific

Final exam scores are not aggregated in a database for DIstrict review (ex LCAP))

The State’s Standards Based Achievement (SBA) test is only taken in 11th grade

Class of 2021 did not take SBA, the class of 2022 may not.


Equity issues are obvious

Prior to distance learning not all students had internet access

Approximately 50% of past PTA Discussion night attendees hire private tutors

Attending afterschool tutoring is not an option for many students


Although parents have shared and voiced these concerns, nothing has been done

The District and BHS Administration cannot dictate uniform classroom policies

Dropping the MVP curriculum is not on BHS’s or the School Board’s agenda

Participants in the November 2020 Math Discussion night discussed ongoing concerns and surfaced new facets of how distance learning complicates how math is taught and exacerbates how students struggle.
The Big Picture of Math 1,2,3 at BHS
It’s complicated. Many forces collide. An article our PTSA Executive VP is writing is coming soon.