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3/18/2008 6:47:00 AM
Castillo Statement on National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report
SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo issued the following statement re: National Mathematics Advisory Panel report:

Last week's report from the National Math Panel shines a light on the importance of ensuring that students are ready for algebra by the time they complete 8th grade. I am pleased that the national report aligns with so much of the work we have done in developing Oregon’s math content standards. In fact, Oregonians should be proud of just how closely today’s national report echoes Oregon’s math standards [see attachment for a side-by-side analysis].

Oregon’s math standards are organized around three key “core standards” at each grade. Each of the national panel’s “essentials” is strongly supported by our core standards. With only one minor difference, Oregon’s new standards aim toward mastery of these essential facts by the grades indicated in the report.

Our high quality math standards were created by educators from across the state, focused on the goal for students to be prepared to succeed in the 21st century workplace, professional/technical training program, and college or university. The standards mirror the national report’s recommendations for model standards, both in core principals of math instruction and grade-level content (fluency with whole numbers, fluency with fractions, and geometry and measurement).

The report highlights that student success in math is dependent on effective, knowledgeable teachers and useful assessments. We are fortunate to have excellent math teachers who use assessment data to help improve their instruction for all students. I am proud of their hard work, focus and commitment. Finally, of course, math achievement depends on student effort. When students are engaged and supported in their classroom work and homework, they show greater persistence and greater achievement.

This is an exciting report for all of us. In so many ways, we have set a new vision for our students and our schools, and we are working together like never before to make sure our graduates are ready for work, college and life.

You can access the entire report online.

Oregon's mathematics content standards are on the ODE website.
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