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Hey everyone, I'm looking for some feedback about a textbook series "Big Idea Math - Algebra 1" authors Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell. Our district is contemplating buying it and I must say it looks promising... but it is so new that I haven’t seen a review of the series that is either positive or negative. If you have any knowledge of this series at all, please share your input. Who has taught through this series? Have you had a son or daughter who took the class? What do you think? Obviously, a new textbook series is a big commitment for any district, but especially so when $ is tight. So any and all input is welcome/appreciated :) Art WeissSparta High SchoolSee More

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There is an old farmer saying, "the cows don't get any fatter by weighing them!". In that spirit, I would rather spend more time teaching students than measuring what they know.I'm trying to figure out which assessment I should focus on: the ACT Explore test (which is age normed and consistent with the ACT test... which all of our students take as juniors) or the Smarter Balance assessment that feeds into the common core.Neither seems to have a lot of resources developed for them yet. Any thoughts, ideas or discussion would be greatly appreciated!CheersArtSee More

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