Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Scott Rubin of Mill Valley Mathnasium on the new Common Core Standards now being used in many Marin schools.
The Common Core Standards are a topic of much discussion lately. The effects the standards will have, both beneficial and adverse, are hotly debated. But one fact is clear: the Standards are here and parents, students and teachers all over California are working with them every day. Nearly all Marin County schools have implemented the Standards as of the beginning of this school year.
The implementation of the Common Core Standards has had a profound impact on the mathematics curriculum in the Marin County schools, from kindergarten through high school. Classes like geometry and algebra 2 have had their course curricula radically changed from what they had been for decades. Elementary grades have seen many math concepts moved from one grade to another while other math concepts have been moved to the middle school curriculum or altogether eliminated.
While the efficacy of such changes remains to be seen, one thing is clear: students, parents and teachers alike will need to deal with a difficult transition period over the next few years.