Yesterday and today, I spent
So, I decided to count the standards to see how they really stack up.
8th grade math:
33 CC Standards
61 State Standards of which 49 are assessed.
OK, I can see what they are talking about with this. Depending on how you look at it, we've eliminated either 1/2 or 1/3 of the standards. We've eliminated probability entirely and measurement has been condensed down to just dealing with volume, so the time we would have used on those lessons can be reallocated to other topics. I'm still a bit worried about some standards like, "Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse" and what that might look like as an assessment, but we'll do our best! Let's see how they did with Algebra.
60 CC Standards (not counting the standards that appear in two units twice)
15 State Standards, all of which are assessed
What on Earth? Did we seriously just quadruple the number of standards? I can already envision the bottleneck that is going to happen as kids reach Algebra in 9th grade. My school has 90 minute blocks all year for math. The high school has 90 minute semester-long courses. On average, you're going to have to help students master one standard per day when you account for the normal interruptions to a semester like testing, assemblies, unusual schedules, and the like. Uh-huh.