In April 2012, Texas adopted new math standards. Fordham reviewed the draft standards and found them to be a modest improvement. But not by much, and they remain inferior to the Common Core math standards.

This review, by W. Stephen Wilson, supplements our 2010 report, The State of State Standards—and the Common Core—in 2010, which reviewed the math standards that were in place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the final draft of the Common Core State math standards. At the time, the Texas standards earned a mediocre C, in part because the standards were “somewhat minimal and lack[ed] specificity.”

Wilson argues that the proposed revisions fill in missing content, and maintain clarity and organization, but fall short in other areas. Download the review to learn more.*

*Updated 4/18/12


Dr. Wilson is Professor of Mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University where he has chaired the Department of Mathematics. In 2006, he was the Advisor for Mathematics in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Wilson also helped revise Washington State’s K-12 mathematics standards and evaluated textbooks for the state. He has participated in numerous projects on standards,…

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