Alabama State BOE approves new math standards
The Alabama State Board of Education voted to adopt a new set of mathematics standards at the monthly meeting on Dec. 12. According to the official release, these standards are poised to pave the way towards academic success for Alabama students.
The release states that the Alabama Mathematics Course of Study (COS) Committee has worked for more than a year to examine existing math standards and make changes to provide Alabama students with math standards equal to or better than other states.
The Alabama Math COS Committee is comprised of veteran Alabama teachers, professors, administrators, business and industry leaders and other stakeholders who thoroughly understand even the smallest details involved with the establishment of educational standards.
“Over the past 22 months, a committee of esteemed education and business leaders have developed a revised Mathematics Course of Study that replaces, once and for all, Common Core with Alabama-designed standards,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “These are Alabama standards created by Alabama teachers and will be a great starting point to ensuring our students will be proficient in each grade level. I am proud that the Alabama State Board of Education has taken this bold step to move our state forward. We have a ways to go, but this is a start in the right direction.”
Alabama State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Eric Mackey, said the finished product is a set of math standards that are clear, concise and unequivocally sound.
“The new math standards are clear and precise. The identify exactly what each Alabama student should know and be able to do at the end of every course and grade,” Mackey said. “The new standards look similar to those in states that are the highest performing in our nation. It is crucial that our students master the basics; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing early.”
Daleville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps has high hopes for the new standards.
“Math has been a major area of focus for Alabama’s schools for years. In order to fill the jobs of the future, it is extremely important for our students to master math at a higher level than we have in recent years. Having a sound progression of math skills through these new standards will help us educate our students well and, hopefully, increase our test scores,” Stamps said. “I am glad to see the standards provide for students to get a solid foundation in the early grades which will set them up for success in the advanced math classes in later grades. I have high standards for our students and am glad our new standards are more in line with high performing states. It is good to know that the Alabama math COS committee was versatile with representation from teachers, the college level, and the business world. I hope the public will trust the finished product of their hard work – standards specifically for Alabama’s students. Now, we as educators roll up our sleeves and get busy to implement the standards, provide professional development to our teachers as needed, and expect productive results from our students.”