California Approved New Math Standards that Promote “teaching towards social justice”

New Math Standards

After a vote by the State Board of Education on Wednesday, California will formally adopt a new mathematical framework for its K–12 schools that is “equity” and “social justice” centred.

The 2023 Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, which was unanimously approved by the board after years of effort and numerous amendments, aims to reaffirm the state’s “commitment to ensuring equity and excellence in maths learning for all students.”

Linda Darling-Hammond, the State Board President mentioned, “This framework provides strategies to challenge, engage, and support all students in deep and relevant math learning by building on successful approaches used in nations that produce high and equitable achievement in math.”

She added, “It also draws on the experiences of educators who have worked for a decade to develop successful strategies for teaching California’s rigorous standards, carrying those lessons to others across the state. This framework provides teachers and schools with a path to greater excellence with greater equity.”

The 1,000-page report, which has undergone three revisions and two public hearings, aims to “structure the teaching of the state’s math standards around ‘big ideas’ that integrate rather than isolate math concepts,” “allow students to’see themselves’ in curriculum and in math-related careers by making math instruction culturally relevant and empowering,” and “instill confidence in learners by dispelling myths about who can and cannot learn math.”

The document states, “Cultural and personal relevance is important for learning and also for creating mathematical communities that reflect California’s diversity. Educators can learn to notice, utilize, and value students’ identities, assets, and cultural resources to support learning for all students. ”

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