In April, NC DPI tipped their hand to these changes at the monthly State Board of Education meeting. At that meeting, it became clear that the work of the Academic Standards Review Commission’s (ASRC) math group was being utilized in some manner. [Read: ICYMI – NC’s Dept Of Public Instruction Takes ASRC Recommendations As Their Own]
Yesterday, the NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) held a press conference about coming changes to Common Core math at the high school level.
WUNC reports that DPI is going to keep most of the high school math (Integrated math; Math I, II, III) the same and that teachers want this:
Many teachers have struggled with the new sequence, but State Superintendent June Atkinson says teacher feedback shows most support it.
“I wouldn’t say we have 100 percent, but most of our teachers want us to stay on the course of Math I, II and III,” she said.
That is the opposite of what the ASRC found. The ASRC, over the course of 15 months, found that the majority of the math teachers that hey spoke to did not want to keep the Integrated math. [Read: ASRC Math Workgroup Minority Report]
The current Common Core math was cumbersome, confusing and the progression made little sense. These sentiments were echoed by Dr. James Milgram, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation committee, when he testified to the ASRC last year.
Superintendent Atkinson has been a vigilant Common Core cheerleader. She’s arguably defended these standards as if they were her own children.
Atkinson has also stated in the past that Common Core cannot be altered or changed, but instead only additional content can be incorporated; up to a 15% threshold. Atkinson has said for the past few years that the Common Core standards are ‘clear and concise’.
Yesterday, she changed her tune.
News and Observer reported; emphasis added:
In a news conference, Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said the State Board faces competing forces: one that wants the pace to pick up and another that wants it slower. A representative from Wake County schools said the district has been anticipating the changes and would be ready by July, when students in year-round schools begin class.
Atkinson said the changes make the standards coherent, make them “flow,” order them from simple to complex, and add clarity.
Add clarity? Make them “flow”? How about make them GO?
Atkinson also made a comment at yesterday’s press conference indicating that DPI had done a ‘comparison with Minnesota math standards’. Download and view this hand out.
This was an amazing statement, given that DPI and various vocal pro-Common Core groups screamed at the top of their lungs about the idea of using Minnesota math standards as suggested by the ASRC math workgroup. In fact, it was the Minnesota standards suggestion that led to the disgusting assault by certain commission members on the leader of the math team at the final commission meeting.
Now DPI wants public comment on their proposals via a survey, which will be open until May 20th. The proposed changes are in the following documents:
- sla1-attachment-1.pdf (Math I)
- sla1-attachment-2.pdf (Math II)
- sla1-attachment-3.pdf (Math III)
- sla1-attachment-4.pdf (Summary)
In an email announcement from DPI, they said these changes could possibly be voted on at the State Board of Education meeting in June.
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