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Delaware teachers and administrators discuss common core state standards for math

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011 16:38 PM

More than 100 teachers, local school administrators and mathematics educators recently convened at the University of Delaware to discuss new common core state standards, according to the college's website.

The group came together to discuss a new problem-based math curricula, specifically for grades kindergarten through five. The program called Investigations in Number, Data and Space attempts to address the new common core state standards. Officials told the news source that these standards, which were published in June 2010, were developed in an effort to standardize math studies across the nation.

"Curricula like Investigations are ideally suited, even necessary, if we are to help students meet the standards for mathematical practice.," Jon Manon, director of the college's Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center, told the news source. "The first standard - make sense of problems and persevere in solving them - cannot be easily met in classrooms featuring traditional math curricula, which emphasize repetitive drills rather than daily problem solving."

Teachers are looking for students to connect the dots between the mathematical practice in which students construct arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

According to the Department of Education, more than 3.6 million students were enrolled in kindergarten in 2010, which represents an all-time high.