Math Standards and a Much Needed Transition
I am pleased that Commissioner Williams agreed on a MUCH needed transition year for 3rd-8th STAAR math accountability. The SBOE adopted new math standards in 2012 that were implemented in the 2014-15 school year. It had been 16 years since our math standards had been truly updated. The percent of new content ranged from 26% for 4th grade to as high as 55% in 6th grade. Many of the content skills moved to previous grades. Students and teachers have been mightily struggling all year with the switch to the new standards. I penned a letter in February, signed by my fellow SBOE members, asking the commissioner for relief on accountability for math results during the transition time in order to give teachers the space needed to fill gaps created when content moved. Thank you, Commissioner!