
World Class Math Standards Are: Mathematically sound with respect to the selection, emphasis, and progression of topics; and mathematically accurate in all aspects. In compliance with the National Math Panel's Final Report, fluency in the standard algorithms of arithmetic is required in a timely manner, as is fluency in computation with fractions, decimals, and negative numbers, and the quick / automatic recall of number facts. Read about the importance of the standard algorithms here. How Math Standards Impact Your Child's Education 
Mathematics content standards have a profound impact on classroom instruction. Many local districts refer directly to the standards when designing programs, selecting textbooks, and creating assessments to measure student progress. Additionally, our state test – the PSSA – must, by law, be aligned with the PA math standards. Accountability rules ensure that classroom teachers stress the standards’ "eligible content." Improving math standards is a key step in improving math instruction in Pennsylvania. Streamlined, with fewer topics for greater depth of learning. Cautious of calculator use in early grades; no calculators used in state tests in early grades. Informed by the National Math Advisory Panel's Final Report and the NCTM's Curricular Focal Points document. See our page on the National Math Panel specialists, classroom teachers, and the general public, in the standardsetting process and in the review and design of mathematical test items for state, NAEP, and commercial tests." Coherent and easy to use and understand; they specify essential content for each year at the elementary and middle school level and for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. They enable parents, teachers, curriculum developers and other The following states have clear, coherent, userfriendly standards that were benchmarked to those of the highest performing countries on such international comparisons as TIMSS and PISA. They merit use as models or templates for states and other entities involved in writing mathematics standards. California: Widely regarded as the gold standard, the California Mathematics Framework identifies the highest priorities among the California Math Standards and provides examples to show exactly what is expected at each grade level Indiana: Indiana's Math Standards consistently receive high ratings. Massachusetts: The Adopted Standards and the 2004 Supplement also receive high ratings consistently. Washington: The state of Washington recently upgraded its math standards. A group of parents, university math professors, and other concerned Washington citizens volunteered their time and talents to create the Washington Exemplary Mathematics Standards. The standards officially adopted by the state of Washington relied heavily on this citizens' draft. The 2001 Singapore Math Standards should also be used for benchmarking. These standards underpinned the firstintheworld performance of Singapore's students at fourth and eighth grade through repeated administrations of the TIMSS assessment. 
How Math Standards Impact Your Child's Education 
Mathematics content standards have a profound impact on classroom instruction. Many local districts refer directly to the standards when designing programs, selecting textbooks, and creating assessments to measure student progress. Additionally, our state test – the PSSA – must, by law, be aligned with the PA math standards. Accountability rules ensure that classroom teachers stress the standards’ "eligible content." Improving math standards is a key step in improving math instruction in Pennsylvania. 
 
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Federation of Teachers have all conducted reviews of state mathematics standards. All agree that Pennsylvania students and teachers need and deserve better standards in math. 
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is a notforprofit organization that conducts research in education in the United States. It has reviewed the mathematics standards in all 50 states. It awarded an "A" grade to only three states: California, Indiana, and Massachusetts. The full report can be found here: State of the State Math Standards. Other states, including PA, were given lower ratings for these reasons:  Widespread use of calculators
Disregard for memorization of basic facts Insufficient emphasis on the standard algorithms Inadequate attention to fraction arithmetic Exessive focus on patterns and manipulatives Overemphasis on estimation and data analysis The Pennsylvania review  a grade of "D"  can be found here: Fordham gives PA math standards a "D." The new review  a grade of of "F"  can be found here. California, Indiana, and Massachusetts were the only states awarded "A's": Fordham reviews of the "A" states. 
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) findings: Pennsylvania math standards do not meet criteria for clarity, specificity, and content  The AFT reviews content standards in all subject areas including mathematics. The AFT Review found the PA math standards do not meet criteria for clarity, specificity, and content in any grade band (elementary, middle school, and high school). 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: "D" grade for PA Standards 
In its "Leaders and Laggards" report, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave PA a grade of "D" for "rigor of standard 

 Common Core Math Standards

Pennsylvania is among the majority of states that have committed to adopting the Common Core Mathematics Standards. Although it is generally agreed that they are not as strong as the best international standards, they have enjoyed numerous favorable reviews. The Fordham Institute awarded the Common Core Math Standards an "A"; and the Core Knowledge Foundation also supports the Common Core Math Standards. Critical reviews have been written by James Milgram, Jonathan Goodman, Ze'ev Wurman / Sandra Stotsky, and others. 
