Advanced Mathematical Decision Making proving popular in Wichita Falls

Posted on September 8, 2010

Advanced Mathematical Decision Making is designed to provide a rigorous fourth year of high school mathematics for students who intend to study or work in fields that do not require calculus-oriented mathematics skills.

The Charles A. Dana Center developed the AMDM course and piloted it in 2009–2010 at over 80 schools across the country. This year, the revised version of AMDM is being offered at more than 200 schools nationwide.

At Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, AMDM is proving popular with teachers and students. This story, which appeared in the August 27 issue of the Wichita Falls Times Record News, takes a look inside an AMDM classroom at Rider.

Dana Center senior fellow Dr. Cathy Seeley, who facilitated the development of the AMDM course, offers these comments on State Board of Education president Gail Lowe’s remarks, quoted at the end of the story:

"AMDM represents a grassroots effort to prepare students for a variety of college majors and workforce programs while satisfying the new state requirement that all students complete four years of mathematics. The Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics, an organization of about 500 mathematics leaders across Texas, worked with the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin to develop the course in response to critical needs in their districts. Mathematics experts and teachers created the course materials, which were reviewed by an even larger group of teachers and other experts.

I hope the Texas State Board of Education will consider AMDM as an official math course in their 2011 review of our state’s math program. But meanwhile, through the Independent Study option, thousands of Texas students are learning great mathematics that will help them graduate from high school well equipped to use math in their lives, their studies, and their careers."