3/15/05 - State Board of Regents Approved Math Standards for High School
The State Board of Regents today approved new math standards for high school that provide for three years of math in courses entitled “Algebra,” “Geometry,” and “Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.”
The three math courses will replace the current Math A and Math B courses.
All the math courses will use a “problem-solving approach” that goes beyond rote learning to ensure students have a deeper understanding of the concepts and workings of mathematics.
Each course is a year-long course, as opposed to Math A, which is usually one and one-half years. However, to keep from reducing the level of math that students must learn, the committee moved much of the algebra content from Math A into the 7th and 8th grade math courses that students will be required to take. The 7th and 8th grade State math tests will be based on those courses.
In addition, the math course entitled “Algebra” will also include critical knowledge in geometry, measurement, statistics, and probability, in addition to algebra. Similarly, the course entitled “Geometry” will also include critical knowledge in algebra, measurement, statistics, and probability, in addition to geometry.
Therefore, at the end of 9th grade Algebra, students should know as much math as they do at the end of Math A.
The Regents made their decision after hearing recommendations from the Math Standards Committee, made up of mathematicians and math teachers from throughout the State. The committee also recommended that the three high school math courses be phased in as follows:
- 2006-2007 Algebra
- 2007-2008 Geometry
- 2008-2009 Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.
The Regents decided to consider that recommendation later this year after getting public comment.
The committee also recommended that:
- A separate Regents Exam be developed for each math course,
- Students who want to earn a Regents Diploma be required to pass any one of the exams, and
- Students who want to earn an Advanced Regents Diploma be required to pass all three exams.
The Regents also decided to review those recommendations and act on them later this year.
The Math Standards Report, along with the Regents decision, is on the internet at the following address: