The Bottom Line

The new math standards and gradebygrade core curriculum introduced more advanced content into the lower grades.

For example, some algebra and geometry content that had been in grades 58 moved to grade 4.

Some algebra and geometry content that had been in high school math moved to grade 8.

The revised math tests in grades 4 and 8 are more difficult. Therefore, it is not possible to make direct comparisons between 19992005 math results in grades 4 and 8 and 2006 math results in grades 4 and 8.