Curtis Center Helps Craft Content Standards for California K-12 Math Education

In June 2012, Curtis Center Executive Director Heather Dallas joined the California Academic Content Standards Commission as an invited appointee. The 21-member commission developed academic content standards for K-12 mathematics, which were unanimously adopted by the California State Board of Education in August. By legislation, the standards included the Common Core standards, the result of a state-led effort to develop internationally benchmarked shared educational standards, which states may voluntarily adopt. Mathematics professors Bill McCallum (University of Arizona) and Hung-Hsi Wu (UC Berkeley) were among those who crafted the Common Core standards.

Dallas is also serving on the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) to assist with the revision of the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Mathematics Framework). The Mathematics Framework will be revised to incorporate and support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, adopted by the SBE in August 2010, and to reflect recent research on effective mathematics instruction and current statutes.