California is developing a new framework to guide math instruction K-12 classrooms.
Despite recent major reforms in the way math is taught in California, fewer than half of the state’s students meet or exceed the state’s grade-level standards, according to results from the Smarter Balanced tests.
Progress in math builds on knowledge accumulated in previous years and the Covid pandemic has interrupted instruction and compounded the challenges that elementary and middle school math teachers face moving forward.
In this section, we explore what’s being done and the challenges and hopes of teaching math in California.
July 29, 2022
EdSource roundtable focuses on the details and controversy surrounding state’s proposed new math guidelines.
July 27, 2022
Inside the infant room at the Lighthouse for Children Center in Fresno, 1-year-old Peyton is learning math.
July 26, 2022
Detractors and supporters disagree on whether teaching standards through “big ideas” and creating new high school pathways will achieve more equitable outcomes for all students.
May 24, 2022
Teachers in three school systems learned strategies to help multilingual learners engage with rigorous math assignments.
April 5, 2022
Math scores of California’s average eighth graders in 2021 were in line with the knowledge and skills of fifth graders, according to a new analysis of the state’s Smarter Balanced tests.
March 18, 2022
Drafters of revision tempered language, reiterated local control of 8th grade Algebra and reemphasized high-level math options are for all students.
July 26, 2021
Even in the birthplace of microchips and iPhones, unequal access to advanced math starts early for many California students.
June 22, 2022 | COMMENTARY
The recommendation in California’s proposed new framework for mathematics could result in reducing college and career options in STEM fields for historically underrepresented populations.
May 17, 2022 | COMMENTARY
The recent debate over California’s proposed math framework is missing the forest for the trees.
April 18, 2022 | COMMENTARY
The California State Department of Education has released a new draft of its curriculum framework for K-12 mathematics.
April 5, 2022 | COMMENTARY
A deeper dive into the Smarter Balanced test data reveals that the news is both better and worse than we previously realized.
March 22, 2022 | COMMENTARY
Too many students already have a tense relationship with mathematics. We must find better ways to set high expectations for learners that are grounded in individual student thinking rather than their dates of birth.
MARCH 18, 2022 | COMMENTARY
California’s new math framework builds on the practices of countries with the best outcomes for teaching math and provides guidance on how to develop students’ belief in their own ability to learn.
April 14, 2022 | PODCAST
After a year of distance learning, the range of skill levels in math class is very wide, with some students still learning concepts from several grades behind.
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April 24, 2022
La decisión acerca de si se debe ofrecer álgebra en octavo grado – así como cuándo, cómo y para quién acelerar la instrucción de matemáticas – la tomarán de manera individual los distritos escolares y las escuelas charter, aclara el nuevo borrador del marco normativo de matemáticas de California.
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