Statement of Support for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
In a great act of foresight for this nation, most of the states have now adopted a consistent set of expectations for school mathematics, called the Common Core State Standards. Building on long years of work, the Common Core State Standards are an auspicious advance in mathematics education. They define the mathematical knowledge and skill that students need in order to be ready for college and career, and provide the basis for a curriculum that is focused and coherent. If properly implemented, these rigorous new standards hold the promise of elevating the mathematical knowledge and skill of every young American to levels competitive with the best in the world, of preparing our college entrants to undertake advanced work in the mathematical sciences, and of readying the next generation for the jobs their world will demand. Much remains to be done to implement the standards, in curriculum, assessment, and teacher education. But we now have, for the first time in our history, a common blueprint for this work across state lines. This is not the time to turn away from our good fortune. We, the undersigned presidents of the following member societies of CBMS, hereby express our strong support for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Joint Task Force
A joint task force representing the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics was formed to develop actions and resources needed to help teachers implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM). The task force also considered ways in which the organizations can collaborate in supporting their members and various groups to advance each organization’s vision of school mathematics. The joint task force report, which has been shared with the leadership of each organization, identifies five priority actions to be taken as soon as possible.
NCTM Implementation Support
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics could have significant implications for teachers. NCTM has prepared an overview PowerPoint presentation and other presentations for Pre-K–Grade 3, grades 4–5, grades 6–8, and high school to inform teachers and to support them in implementation of the Common Core Standards. Other presentations for grade bands are under development and will be made available soon.
NCTM along with three other national mathematics education organizations, NCSM, ASSM, and AMTE, unite to support teachers and other education stakeholders in implementing the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards were released June 2 in Atlanta. Learn more.
Read the related news release.
Making It Happen
On January 6, NCTM released Making It Happen: A Guide to Interpreting and Implementing Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Building on the Council’s 30-year track record of success in the development of standards for school mathematics, Making It Happen supports teachers, districts, and states in implementing CCSSM.
For more information on Making It Happen, visit www.nctm.org/mih.