In Mathematics, College- and Career-Ready Standards Reach Back to Grades 6-8

Jason Zimba, one of the authors of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, was on a panel at the joint CCSSO/SHEEO national meeting today. He acknowledged that the mathematics standards did not address college and career ready standards in the same way that the English language arts Common Core Standards did.  He pointed the audience to a very important “Note on courses and transitions” on page 84 of the mathematics standards document:

“The evidence concerning college and career readiness shows clearly that the knowledge, skills, and practices important for readiness include a great deal of mathematics prior to the boundary defined by (+) symbols in these standards. Indeed, some of the highest priority content for college and career readiness comes from Grades 6-8. ... Because important standards for college and career readiness are distributed across grades and courses, systems for evaluating college and career readiness should reach as far back in the standards as Grades 6-8.” (Emphasis added.)

Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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