THE STATE
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234 
TO: 
The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents 
FROM: 
James A. Kadamus 
COMMITTEE: 
Full Board 
TITLE OF
ITEM: 
Mathematics Standards 
DATE OF
SUBMISSION: 
March 9, 2005 
PROPOSED
HANDLING: 
Approval 
RATIONALE FOR
ITEM: 
Review of Regents Policy 
STRATEGIC
GOAL: 
Goals 1 and 2 
AUTHORIZATION(S): 

SUMMARY:
The Mathematics Standards
Committee issued its first report to the Board of Regents in November 2004. That report recommended that the
proposed learning standard for mathematics and its respective performance
indicators be sent out to the field for public comment. Over 2,000 comments were received. The Committee reviewed all of the
comments and revised the material where it felt this was appropriate.
In January 2005,
the Board accepted two of the three recommendations presented by the CoChairs
of the Mathematics Standards Committee, William Brosnan and Theresa
McSweeney. The Board approved the
revised standard and performance indicators for prekindergarten through grade 8
and the continuance of the Committee's work on the high school level content and
process indicators.
Attached is the
Second Addendum to the Committee's November 4, 2004 report that contains the
high school level performance indicators
(revised after reviewing field comment), alignment modifications to the
prekindergarten through Grade 8 performance indicators, and recommendations for
graduation requirements. In this
Addendum, the Committee makes the following
recommendations:
Recommendation
1. The Committee recommends that high
school mathematics programs in New York State include three oneyear courses of
instruction, with the course titles to be "Algebra," "Geometry", and "Algebra 2
and Trigonometry."
Recommendation 2. The Committee recommends that the performance indicators for Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry courses be adopted, along with the alignment modifications to prekindergarten through grade 8.
Recommendation
3. The Committee
recommends that a Regents examination be developed and administered for each of
the three courses.
Recommendation
4. The Committee
recommends that the mathematics graduation requirement for a Regents diploma be
the passing of one Regents examination in mathematics, and the passing of three
units of credit of high school mathematics. The Committee further recommends that
the credit granted for the Algebra course be limited to two
units.
Recommendation
5. The Committee
recommends that the mathematics graduation requirement for a Regents Diploma
with Advanced Designation be that students take and pass the three courses of
high school mathematics, and:
§
that the first
two cohorts pass two of the three Regents examinations in mathematics;
and
§
that subsequent
cohorts pass all three Regents examinations in
mathematics.
Recommendation
6. The Committee
recommends that ways of rewarding students for taking and mastering more than
the graduation requirements be explored and implemented. The Committee members offer to assist in
this effort.
Department staff recommends that the Board of Regents approve
Recommendations #1 and #2 above, and that the Board consider the Committee's
additional recommendations #36 at a later date. Although the Board of Regents
approved the performance indicators for prekindergarten through grade 8 in
January, the Mathematics Standards Committee has identified some modifications
that need to be made. Attachment A
is a chart depicting alignment modifications for prekindergarten through grade
8. Attachment B is the full revised
text containing the prekindergarten through grade 8 mathematics standards,
content strands, process strands, bands within the content strands, and
gradebygrade performance indicators.
Department staff recommends that the Regents accept these
modifications.
VOTED: That the Board of
Regents approve Recommendations #1 and #2 of the Mathematics Standards Committee
as presented in the attached report, Mathematics Standards Committee Second
Addendum to November 4, 2004 Report to the New York State Commissioner of
Education, which includes the high school level performance indicators and
modifications to the prekindergarten through grade 8 performance
indicators.
Attachments