ERIC Number: ED484398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-30
Challenging Standards in Mathematics: What Are High Schools Missing?
Kendall, John S.; Williams, Jill
Mid Continent Research for Education and Learning
This report is one in a series of reference documents designed especially to assist educators who are directly involved in the revision and improvement of content standards. It presumes a basic understanding of the purposes for standards and the process of standards review and evaluation. This document is intended to be a desktop reference volume that curriculum specialists might use to focus and revise existing mathematics content. This report also may be useful to educators and policymakers who want to ensure that the mathematics standards they hold for high school graduates are adequate to satisfy the expectations of post-secondary institutions and employers. This report focuses attention on student knowledge and skills in mathematics that recently have been identified as important for success beyond high school but that are not found even among state standards that have been highly rated. Identification of this important but missing mathematics content resulted from a comparison of national and highly rated state documents that describe what students should know and be able to do by the end of 12th grade against documents that describe the knowledge and skills that incoming college students should acquire to be successful in their first year of college. The analysis showed that most of the content identified as important for post-secondary schooling does indeed appear in state and national standards documents; however, a small number of concepts in skills important for incoming college students are not.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.