NEW Common Core State Standards - Math Program
The Common Core State Math Standards introduce a new way of teaching math and assessing students’ learning as part of our commitment to providing our young people with the mental tools, skills and focus to contribute to and succeed in the 21st Century global economy.
As the Superintendent of East Side Union High School District, it is my privilege and duty to support the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
East Side serves 24,000 high school students. Many are English learners, live in poverty, or have been traditionally underserved by public education. Like all districts in California, we had to make the decision to implement the new CCS math standards using the traditional name and sequence (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II), or the international, integrated approach.
Both approaches require math teachers to completely shift the standards that were taught in traditional Algebra and Geometry courses. Because the international approach takes an integrated and somewhat holistic view of how to teach Math, ESUHSD adopted this framework.
A Real-world Model for Learning Math
CCSS are changing the way students learn mathematics, what students are expected to be able to do with mathematics, and what mathematical concepts are taught at each grade level. The rigor expected at each grade level has increased, which requires the typical high school mathematics programs to change.
These standards emphasize learning mathematics in the context of real-world situations, to solve real problems while developing the mental habits that come from using mathematics skillfully, understanding math’s conceptual framework.
For example, the content of the first half of a traditional Algebra 1 course will now be taught in grade 8 along with some triangle proofs from Euclidian Geometry. Regardless of what we call the courses students take, the CCSS require all high school students to develop an integrated understanding of algebra, geometry, statistics, functions, and number and quantity. This content shift in each course is significantly different from how math has been taught for the past two decades.
The University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) systems recognize this shift in content and standards for mathematics, and have steadfastly approved the shift in the traditional titles of mathematics to the integrated approach we’re taking (CC A1gebra 1, CC Geometry, and CC Algebra 2) and CC Math 1, CC Math 2 and CC Math 3. Additionally, in East Side, we have created the pathway for any student to take Calculus in their senior year.
--Chris D. Funk, Superintendent