Standards for Mathematical Practice The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Table of Contents includes two types of standards. First listed are Standards for Mathematical Practice. Second listed are Standards for Mathematical Content. Before we explore the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP), let’s make a distinction between the SMP and Content standards. The SMP are […]

## The Curriculum Conundrum

Below is a guest contribution by Leslie Beck, who is a former math teacher and mom who lives near Des Moines, IA. She runs the Stop Common Core in Iowa Facebook group and helps me administer Iowans for Local Control’s Facebook page. The Curriculum Conundrum By Leslie Beck Who would have thought that something so […]

## Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM

(Boston, MA) National mathematics standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia that supporters say are designed to make high school graduates “college- and career-ready” and improve the critical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pipeline do not prepare students to study STEM or even be admitted to a selective four-year college, according […]

## The NC Supt. Responds to the Lt. Gov.’s Questions About the Common Core

…or does she? On July 18, I posted a video in a post titled NC Lt. Gov. Forest Expresses Concerns and Questions About the Common Core. In the video the Lt. Gov. of NC posed a lot of questions he was seeking answers to from the state superintendent. He also provided a link to his […]

## Common Core’s Serious Flaws

Sandra Stotsky wrote a piece for the National Association of Scholars entitled “Revise or Reject: The Common Core’s Serious Flaws.” Here is an excerpt she outlines some of the flaws: First, the ELA standards have many flaws: Common Core expects English teachers to spend at least 50 percent of their reading instructional time on informational […]

## Indoctrination in Common Core ELA Aligned Texts

Oak Norton of Utahns Against Common Core made a video last month point out indoctrination that exists in textbooks that are used in his state that are aligned to the Common Core ELA standards. The standards themselves don’t indoctrinate, but the curriculum is susceptible for this – especially there is a shift toward using more […]

## A Math Problem That Will Make Kindergarteners Cry

This was posted to the page of a school board member in suburban Atlanta and was emailed to me today. Now this is not necessarily a Common Core math problem, but it is an interpretation of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice for kindergarteners. Do you think this is appropriate? Originally posted at FightCommonCore.com.

## Standards for Mathematical Practice (Part III)

This is Part Three of a three part article [Part One, Part Two] which provides the description of each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice as written in the Common Core math standards. It discusses aspects of each SMP that can be interpreted along conventional or traditional approaches to math teaching and contrasts this with […]

## Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (Part II)

This is Part Two of a three part article [Part One, Part Three] which provides the description of each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice as written in the Common Core math standards. It discusses aspects of each SMP that can be interpreted along conventional or traditional approaches to math teaching and contrasts this with […]

## Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (Part I)

This is Part One of a three part article which provides the description of each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice as written in the Common Core math standards. It discusses aspects of each SMP that can be interpreted along conventional or traditional approaches to math teaching and contrasts this with how each one may […]