California World Class Math
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California Letter On National Math Standards

Summary:  California’s math standards are some of the highest in the nation and the state will not lower its standards. 

     In their May 28, 2009 letter, Governor Schwarzenegger, State Superintendent O'Connell and State Board of Education President Mitchell confirm that California will not commit to adopting national standards unless the benchmarks set by the Common Core Initiative meet or exceed California’s own internationally rigorous benchmarks.

     International benchmarking means that the math content and skills that American students should master by the end of the school year mirror what their peers from high achieving international countries master.  Benchmarking describes the acquisition of knowledge and skills; it does not address instructional strategy or how teaching takes place in the classroom.  California Math Standards contain grade level benchmarks that are internationally competitive.  

     It is imperative that California maintain world class benchmarks in mathematics and that international benchmarks be used in the creation of national standards.  Please join us to advocate for this outcome.

   

 

   

         
 
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