Report: Math standards in Texas trailing U.S.’s
Texas standards for what students are expected to learn in math are “clearly inferior” to a new set of national guidelines that the state’s leaders have rejected, according to a think tank’s analysis.
The report, released Wednesday by the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute, gave Texas a grade of C for its math standards, saying they were minimal and lacked specificity.
However, Texas got an A-minus in English and language arts — one of three states that actually scored higher in those subjects than the national guidelines called Common Core State Standards.
The think tank analyzed the standards in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. None of the states was better than the national core standards in math.
Texas officials, led by Gov. Rick Perry, were critical of efforts to adopt uniform national standards, rejecting the efforts in favor of allowing the elected State Board of Education to continue crafting state guidelines.
The Common Core standards have been adopted by 25 states. The state-led initiative aims to establish a uniform set of expectations on what students should know by the time they graduate from high school.
The sweeping education benchmarks released in May aim to replace a hodgepodge of academic goals varying widely from state to state with a uniform set of expectations for students.
Language arts standards in Texas were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2008. The math standards were adopted in 1997 and are expected to get a rewrite later this year.
The common academic standards that many states will adopt this fall are clearer and more rigorous than those currently used by three-quarters of all states, according to the Fordham Institute.
The study found the Common Core standards were stronger than 37 states in English and 39 states in math. A handful of states had academic standards in both subjects that were similar to the uniform ones.