Georgia overhauls K-12 math standards

The Georgia Department of Education approved new K-12 math standards Aug. 26, 2021, that are intended to introduce standards at more age-appropriate times while streamlining them and making them easier to understand. FILE PHOTO
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The Georgia Department of Education approved new K-12 math standards Aug. 26, 2021, that are intended to introduce standards at more age-appropriate times while streamlining them and making them easier to understand. FILE PHOTO

Georgia will be changing how students are taught math after a previous overhaul of learning “standards” that confused many parents.

The Georgia Department of Education recruited teachers to rewrite the state’s K-12 math standards in 2019, but the effort was disrupted and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A survey by the agency that year found that parents had a hard time helping their children with math under the standards in place then, which called for different steps than when they were young.

The goal was to introduce standards at more age-appropriate times while streamlining them and making them easier to understand.

The standards dictate the state’s expectation of the knowledge and skills students should acquire in each grade level, with success measured by the annual standardized tests known as the Georgia Milestones.

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics praised the overhaul in an Aug. 18 letter to the state Board of Education.

“Teachers have expressed they like the new format of the standards,” the letter said.

The state board approval of the new standards on Thursday will trigger teacher training this school year, with implementation in classrooms likely next school year.


The new standards:

K-12 Mathematics Standards (gadoe.org)

The old standards:

K-5: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Pages/Math-K-5.aspx

6-8: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Pages/Math-6-8.aspx

9-12: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Pages/Math-9-12.aspx

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