|The Oregon State Board of Education adopted the 2009 High School Mathematics Academic Content Standards at their June meeting. The new high school mathematics standards include three disciplines of mathematics - Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability. Within each strand are two to three core standards. These core standards provide the major concepts and processes for teaching and learning across the grades. Beneath each of these core standards are from three to eight content standards which provide the details necessary for curriculum and assessment.
In addition, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has created advanced knowledge and skills for high school mathematics organized by five disciplines: algebra, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, statistics, and calculus. These advanced knowledge and skills can help provide the framework around which advanced high school mathematics courses may be designed. They are intended to provide students with more options for advanced course work and to assist teachers in planning differentiated instruction. The Advanced Knowledge and Skills for High School Mathematics are not part of the "official" high school mathematics standards and are not assessed on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS).
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is now working on guidance documents to support these new standards. The items will include:
- content specifications for the mathematics standards to clearly outline the content boundaries
- "connections" to help students and teachers understand how the key mathematics topics connect to mathematics and other content areas
- a glossary of related terms to define technical mathematics language in the standards
- a Standards Numbering System Guide to explain how the standard numbering system is formatted and what the coding structure represents
- course configuration and articulation models to help schools design courses that will best incorporate the standards
- explanations of the standards, sample lesson plans, sample assessment items, and real-life application examples