Tougher math standards for Texas students

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

DENISON, TX - The Texas State Board of Education recently approved some major changes for math curriculums from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Renee Burroughs says, when it comes to math, she's never agreed with her kids being taught to "memorize" and regurgitate.

"For us to be competitive in a global market, we need people who can be creative thinkers, people who can take knowledge and actually apply it to other areas and other venues." said Burroughs.

"It's just that process of letting everyone have their say, and coming up with a product that we can be proud of in Texas." said Shonda Cannon.

Shonda Cannon is the Assistant Director of Instruction for Denison ISD.
She says every 5 to 7 years the Board of Education revamps what is expected of students across the state.
A few days ago in Austin, a lot of changes were approved for math curriculums, which will mean big changes in the classroom in the next few years.

"You will see some things that were taught in the 7th grade moving down into the 5th grade, and so it's just a process." said Cannon.

Cannon says the DISD is already working to upgrade their bench marks, to meet the rigor of the new student expectations, and ultimately, to better prepare kids for college and the job market.
Burroughs says with a her youngest still in middle school, she looks forward to how it will affect his education.

"Our kids are going to be held to a higher standard, they're going to have to use a higher skill set, in order to meet the requirements of the new standards." said Burroughs.

"I would say that kids would in the end be better prepared for college than they were, it's a cycle and the rigor is improving, kids will meet those expectations and teachers will continue to produce miracles like they do on a daily basis." Cannon said.

These new standards will affect everything from textbooks to testing.
They won't be fully implemented until the 2014 school year for Kindergarten through 8th grade and the next year for high schoolers.

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