Common Core Math Standards
New York state has adopted the national Pathway A from Appendix A of the Math Common Core Standards verbatim. Pathway A is the Traditional courses (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) and is the one that is the most similar to the current NYS course setup.
Middle school teachers it will be important for you to note that in Appendix A there are even courses defined for 7th and 8th grade acceleration that have students ready to take the Algebra 1 exam at the end of 8th grade and still prepare students for 7th and 8th grade assessments.
SIX SHIFTS IN MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION (http://www.EngageNY.org)
EIGHT STANDARDS FOR MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE (http://illustrativemathematics.org/practices)
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
TOOLS FOR THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Bill McCallum is one of the writers of the common core standards. His blog is found at http://commoncoretools.wordpress.com/. On his blog, you will find news about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards. He often asks for feedback and comments on what is being created. This is a great opportunity to voice your opinion.