Understanding the Original NCTM Standards

They're Not Genuine Math Standards

by Bill Quirk (E-Mail: wgquirk@wgquirk.com)

"It's not the things we don't know that get us into trouble,
It's the things we do know that ain't so." - Will Rogers

On April 12, 2000 the NCTM released Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM), a 402 page revision of  the NCTM Standards. Please see Understanding the Revised NCTM Standards

The 258 page (original) NCTM Standards, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, have achieved the status of defacto national math standards, heavily influencing the development K-12 math standards at the state level. In this three-part analysis these "math standards" are first analyzed as "standards", then for their characterization of "math" content for the K-12 years, and finally from the perspective of NCTM's philosophy for "learning math".

Copyright 1997-2011 William G. Quirk, Ph.D.