« Call to States: Revolutionize Teacher and Principal Preparation | Main | Assessment Consortium Reverses Plan on Instructional Units »

Texas Board Member Pans '11th-Hour' Critique of Math Standards

With revised Texas math standards expected to face a final vote this week, a board member yesterday expressed exasperation with critics who are seeking big changes.

"I am concerned this process has been in motion for a year, and a week before our meeting, we get this long list of things from your expert," Republican board member Thomas Ratliff told the head of the Texas Association of Business, according to the Dallas Morning News. "We should not be trying to rewrite the [standards] at the 11th hour."

Texas is one of a small handful of states that have chosen not to adopt the Common Core State Standards in math and English/language arts.

Although the critique has arrived late in the game, the Texas business group is actually calling for the vote to be postponed to allow time for major revisions, rather than to debate a lot of amendments this week. (For more on its concerns, as well as others voiced by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, see my blog post yesterday.)

Its president and CEO, Bill Hammond, testified yesterday against the standards as crafted.

Hammond told the board that the proposed standards mention "far too many issues" and lack the depth that some experts believe is needed to help students attain strong math skills, the newspaper reported. (Incidentally, the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News issued an editorial this week raising concerns about the standards.)

Several members of the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics also spoke at the hearing, the Associated Press reports, and largely defended the proposed standards.

"You're pushing that rigor envelope within a grade level. That's a good thing," said Caren Sorrells, the president of the math association, according to the AP.

UPDATE: (1:46 p.m.)

The AP is now reporting that Texas education commissioner Robert Scott told the board today that it should hammer out new math standards that are better than the Common Core State Standards, or delay approving them until it can. Indeed, he suggested the board may consider calling a special meeting in May to ensure adequate time get the job done.

Also, I just learned that the board has already begun to amend the proposed standards. You can follow the blow-by-blow by checking out the Texas Education Agency's Twitter feed.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments

  • Linda: My problem with homework is they give too much and read more
  • Seo Article Writer: Hello I just see your site when I am searching read more
  • Car Insurance Guy: Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. read more
  • cyptoreopully: Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im read more
  • Connie Wms: Good grief. We have gone round and round forever with read more