Message of 'Publishers' Criteria' for Math Standards: Focus
A new set of “publishers’ criteria” crafted by the lead writers of the common core in mathematics is intended to help reshape K-8 instructional materials nationwide by spelling out what it means to align faithfully with the math standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
The document blends general guidance with some real specifics, such as suggesting how long textbooks should be—fewer than 200 pages at the elementary level—and at what grade level it’s appropriate for chapter tests to address particular topics.
A key mantra is the standards’ push for focus—covering fewer topics in greater depth—which the authors acknowledge “can seem like hard medicine for an educational...
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