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November 20, 2006

New Minnesota Math Standards
Public Comment

Today's Star Tribune (" Add to the equation: 8th-grade algebra") began this way:
Minnesota students will have to be a lot more math-savvy than they were in the past. Low state math test scores announced Wednesday show that there's already a big gulf between what the state expects of students and what they can deliver. And state math expectations are only going to get tougher. This year's fourth-graders are subject to new state requirements that they take Algebra I by the end of eighth grade and Algebra II by the end of high school.
Some questions people are asking: Algebra is abstract. Are all or most eighth graders mature enough to handle algebra? Does one size fit all? Are all students equally capable of abstract math? In the No Child Left Behind mentality of equal outcomes for all, is there any room for differences? Finally, if every student is required to pass algebra I by 8th grade, will a dumbed down algebra be the result?

The Minnesota Department of Education is now soliciting public comments on the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in MathematicsDraft Revision dated November 15, 2006.  The document will be available both sorted by grade level and by strand.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
November 16 to December 5, 2006

Review the draft here.
After reviewing the draft, you may Submit Feedback Here

Printed copies of the draft document and feedback form will also be available at public libraries across the state.

The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics define a common foundation of mathematics to be learned by all students. They articulate concepts in reasoning; number sense, computation and operations; patterns, functions and algebra; data analysis, statistics and probability; and spatial sense, geometry and measurement. Three high school credits that encompass the content contained in the mathematics standards for grades 9-11are required for graduation.

The mathematics standards are available below in Word and PDF formats. Please read the link descriptions for the format that best fits your needs.  An Excel version of the Mathematics standards is available by contacting MDE. Contact:  651-582-8755.

Draft Revision of the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics 246Kb (11/16/06 3:13 PM)
     Sorted by grade level (Nov 15 2006)

Draft Revision of the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics 229Kb (11/16/06 2:24 PM)
     Sorted by strand (Nov 15 2006)
  
Math Standards Revision Committee Directory: [Word] 69Kb (11/6/06 9:23 AM)    [PDF] 37Kb (11/6/06 9:23 AM)

Mathematics Standards: [Word] 282Kb (10/12/05 3:30 PM)
     K-12 MN Academic Standards in Mathematics, table format

Mathematics Standards: [pdf] 485Kb (10/12/05 3:29 PM)
     K-12 MN Academic Standards in Mathematics, narrative/outline format

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