New Core Math Standards!
The New Core Math Standards are out! They look good. Finally, we as a nation are sitting down and agreeing about a common set of standards, saying that yes indeed there should be a baseline that all students know from Hawaii to Alaska, California to New York and Illinois to Texas! Oops, did I say Alaska and Texas? They are the only two states who have not agreed to the standards. Oh well, maybe they’ll eventually come along. But, everybody else has voiced approval with some reservations. The team consisted of the nation’s governors, state commissioners of education, school administrators(Council of Chief State School Officers)and others. These standards are suggested for all states but as of yet not mandatory, although President Obama has spoken about tying them to Title 1 spending. It is expected that most states will have them in place within 3 years. The big idea behind the standards is GOING DEEP! LESS IS MORE! YEAAAH! Finally, our children have a chance to learn something really well.