The speaker is Jason Zimba, one of the three drafters of the Common Core math standards. The questioner is Dr. Sandra Stotsky. This exchange took place at a meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on March 23, 2010. As you will hear, Dr. Zimba admits not only that the CC math standards aren’t designed to prepare students for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies, but also that they’re not designed to get a student into any selective college, even in a non-STEM discipline.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram have written a paper, Lowering the Bar, How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM. The purpose of this paper is to explain what the level of college readiness in Common Core’s mathematics standards is and what this level means for the high school mathematics and science curriculum, post-secondary education, and mathematics-dependent professional programs.
This paper is a must read for all legislators, school board members, school administrators, math and science teachers, and parents who want their child to be able to attend a four-year university. You can read it here.