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Curriculum focal points


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Curriculum focal points

  1. 1. Curriculum Focal Points Brittaney Campbell
  2. 2. <ul><li>As many of you may know, majority of the United States follow the same national math standards provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics NCTM). There are only four states that have decided not to follow the curriculum, and one of those is of course, our very own Texas. In September 2006, the NCTM released their Curriculum Focal Points for Pre-kindergarten through Eighth Grade Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Sept. 2006). The focal points were created to be the answer to the ‘mile wide inch deep’ perception of the United States math instruction. Now that Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be implementing the new State Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Test in the 2011-2012 school year (Texas Education Agency. Jan. 2010), Texas has created the Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points to ensure that student will be prepared. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Texas’ Response can be found on the TEA web site……………click here! </li></ul>Texas' Response
  4. 4. <ul><li>Over the course of 20 years the NCTM has been altering the way we teach math. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1989 the emphasis was on problem solving, in 2000 there was the Principal and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM) which in a sense developed the five content areas of math (Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability). </li></ul><ul><li>Now we have the curriculum focal points which were derived in 2006 with the goal of decreasing the amount of topics we teach in each grade level so that we are able to dig deeper into those topics. My question is what do we now do with all the other skills we were teaching? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>If we take a second to look at how often we change instruction to accommodate new assessments and guidelines, we would realize this is what it looks like. Take a look of what teaching ‘new math’ looks like to our students. </li></ul><ul><li>Click here </li></ul>New Math
  6. 6. Why does all of this matter? <ul><li>The purpose of this research is to analyze the NCTM’s curriculum focal points to gain knowledge about if we need to have more content or better instruction. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In 2006 there was a study done to compare how many learning objectives were being taught in 4 th grade classrooms across the United States. These were the results… </li></ul>
  8. 8. 11 3 2 11 8 17 Virginia 45 4 3 5 10 23 Georgia 26 3 3 2 3 14 North Carolina 56 11 6 8 10 21 New Jersey 56 3 0 11 5 37 Michigan 48 13 6 6 8 15 Ohio 89 20 10 17 11 38 Florida 56 6 5 10 8 27 New York 32 3 4 3 7 15 Texas 43 5 7 4 11 16 California Total Data Analysis, Prob&Sta. Measurement Algebra Geometry Numbers& Operations States
  9. 9. <ul><li>After seeing those numbers, one has to question… Are Florida’s students with the most learning expectations more prepared than Virginia’s who have the least? </li></ul>
  10. 10. And the answer is….. <ul><li>According to both Florida Education Agency as well as Virginia Education Agencies in 2006 after this data was collected, the then 5 th grade students in Florida scored 57% passing where 80% were passing in Virginia! </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>When I was first told about the curriculum focal points I was a little bit turned off because I am so turned off by the media and other outsiders showing information that make public school teachers appear incompetent and disgraceful. While I will say that its been somewhat of a challenge to implement these new focal points that Texas has developed it appears that there will be a successful outcome and it will be a benefit to our students. </li></ul>
  12. 12. References <ul><li>National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2006, September). What Are Curriculum Focal Points? Retrieved October 2, 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>Texas Education Agency. (2006, 26 January). STAAR to Replace TAKS. Retrieved October 2, 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>Texas Education Agency. (2009). Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Retrieved October 3, 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Education Agency. ( May 2006) State Level Reports. Retrieved October 4, 2010 from </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Education Agency. (May 2006) School Grades. Retrieved October 4, 2010 from </li></ul>