November 4, 2004 - Board of Regents Issues Draft Revised Math Standards for Public Comment
The Board of Regents today released for public comment a draft revision of “Standard 3 – Mathematics” for schools. The revision is for each grade PreK-8 and for high school.
The draft is released for public comment only and has not been adopted by the Board of Regents. After a month of public discussion, it will be revised as needed and then considered for adoption in January 2005.
The report, plus latest information, is available on the internet at www.nysed.gov. The public can make comments on material presented in Attachment B of the report through the website or through written testimony.
The draft was developed by a Mathematics Standards Committee appointed by the Regents and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills. The committee, composed of teachers and other math experts, met for several months to develop revised math standards for the State to adopt.
Their report follows the October 2003 report of an Independent Math Panel, also appointed by the Regents, following problems with the scoring of the June 2003 Math A Regents Exam. That Panel recommended that the Regents adopt clearer and more specific math standards than are currently in use and that those revised math standards (and eventually a core curriculum) be grade-by-grade.
“Our goal is to arrive at a clear set of standards that all teachers and schools can use effectively to teach math,” Regents Chancellor Robert M. Bennett said. “Before adopting new standards, we are eager to get public reaction and see whether any revisions might be needed.”
“My thanks to the committee members for doing very good and thoughtful work,” Commissioner Mills said. “We will work now with teachers and everyone who is interested in math education to ensure that these are the best they can be.”
In its report, the Math Standards Committee said, “We worked very hard to rewrite the performance indicators to provide teachers with sufficient time to focus on important areas of mathematics, so that children will be able to reach deep levels of understanding, and become mathematically proficient, which is so essential for future success.”
“However, from our first meeting, and to this day, we have felt that statewide review is essential before finalization of the document. Such public review can only strengthen our work which, in turn, will strengthen mathematics education for New York State’s children.”