More rigorous math curriculum is in use in Texas elementary and middle schools, and students are required to learn some concepts up to two years sooner.
New Math Standards Pose Problems For Some Texas Students And Teachers.
The New York Times (12/12, Smith, Subscription Publication) reports on the “challenging” transition to new math education standards in Texas, which have accelerated some material by as much as two years with a greater focus on the concepts underlying mathematical operations. The piece features criticisms of age-appropriateness levied by teachers and concerned parents alike. The piece also features concerns that math test scores are used in school accountability scores, while some teachers are having trouble preparing to teach the new material.