For years, teachers have bemoaned the fact that they were forced to teach a mile wide and an inch deep. The new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are designed to reduce the number of concepts that will be taught at each grade level, thereby allowing teachers to devote more time and depth of instruction to each standard.
The concepts placed at each grade level were determined based on prerequisite topics that were to have been taught in a previous grade, international comparisons and the professional judgment of educators, researchers, and mathematicians.
These standards do not dictate a predetermined order of instruction or a particular curriculum. As it says in the Common Core document, “These Standards are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business. They are a call to take the next step. It is time for states to work together to build on lessons learned from two decades of standards based reforms. It is time to recognize that standards are not just promises to our children, but promises we intend to keep.”
Just “sum” thing to think about!