The Alabama State Board of Education will consider an updated Math Course of Study for K-12 education at their December board meeting. With Alabama’s last-place national ranking in math, it’s more important than ever to work together to improve mathematics education in our state.
What is it?
The Math Course of Study, which is required to be updated regularly, is a set of minimum requirements that tells teachers and parents what students should learn in math during each academic year. The standards define what teachers should teach, not how they teach it. You can read the proposed course of study here.
Why is it important?
- The updated course of study was created by Alabama teachers to benefit Alabama students. The Math Course of Study Committee is comprised of some of the best classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, administrators, university professors, and other community members with math expertise from across the state. Combined, they have 300 years of experience in the classroom and nearly 500 years total experience in education.
- Alabama students currently rank 52nd in the nation in math according to the Nation’s Report Card (NAEP). The proposed course of study aligns with both the NAEP math standards and the ACT in order to better equip students with the knowledge and skills they need.
- The proposed course of study will challenge students in the classroom while teaching “real-world” skills that will benefit them in life. By restructuring the course of study and emphasizing skills like statistical thinking, these standards will better ensure all Alabama students graduate college and career ready.
Urge the Alabama State Board of Education to VOTE YES on the updated Math Course of Study on December 12, 2019! Email the board members using our template on this page. You can add your own message if you wish!