The Minnesota Department of Education has released the first draft of new academic standards in mathematics, an important step in the standards review process. The first draft consists of the twenty proposed anchor standards, those standards that act as a summary of all student learning expected in a discipline from kindergarten through high school graduation. It does not include frameworks, the more detailed applications of those standards at different grade levels.
The goals of this initial version is to integrate math practice for students while broadening the purpose of mathematics. This version updates the standards to include both data science and computational thinking, mirroring changes in society and the economy since the last standards update in 2007. Reflecting the growing diversity of Minnesota’s students the draft aims to include multiple cultural perspectives and traditions in mathematics, while including relevant historical and contemporary mathematical problem solving practices of the Dakota and Anishinaabe communities.
The Department is asking for public feedback each of the twenty anchor standards.