Public Survey for DRAFT Fourth Credit Math Guidance Precalculus and Quantitative Reasoning Standards

Background Information
Thank you for taking time to review the DRAFT of the Fourth Credit Math General Guidance, Precalculus Standards and Quantitative Reasoning Standards and provide the Arizona Department of Education with your feedback. This survey is designed to obtain the opinions and comments of educators, students, businesses, policy makers, and the public.

The development of these drafts began in January 2017 under the guidance of the Arizona Department of Education. A statewide committee of high school mathematics teachers, district Mathematics Specialists and Professors and Mathematicians from Institutes of Higher Education reviewed research and other state standards to create the general guidance and draft standards related to fourth-credit mathematics.

  • Standards outline what a student needs to know, understand, and be able to do by the end of each grade. Standards build across grade levels in a progression of increasing understanding and through a range of cognitive demand levels. Standards are adopted at the state level by the State Board of Education (A.R.S. §§15-701 and 15-701.01). Arizona retains authority to approve and modify academic standards; there is no federal law requiring the adoption of specific standards.
  • Curriculum includes all the resources used for teaching and learning the standards (textbooks, reading material, lesson plans). Curriculum is adopted at a local level by districts and schools. Neither the State Board nor the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has the authority to adopt or mandate school curriculum. Under A.R.S. §§15-721 and 15-722, local governing boards (both district and charter) have the sole authority to adopt curriculum via public meetings, allowing for community input regarding what instructional materials are used in classrooms.
  • Instruction – The methods used by teachers to teach their students. Instructional techniques are employed by individual teachers in response to the needs of the students in their classes to help them progress through the curriculum in order to master the standards.

The DRAFT Fourth Credit Math General Guidance document and the DRAFT Quantitative Reasoning and Precalculus Standards will be available for review on May 21, 2018
The survey to collect public comments on the draft opens on May 21, 2018. The survey will remain open until June 30, 2018. These documents represent guidance only for schools and districts. It is a local control decision what courses are offered in a four-credit mathematics pathway. These documents serve as guidance only. The Quantitative Reasoning and Precalculus standards will not be approved by the Arizona State Board of Education since they are guidance only documents.

Fourth credit math courses are a local control decision.

At the close of this public review period, your responses will be reviewed by the Advanced Mathematics Committee. The Advanced Mathematics Committee will edit the drafts based on public comments and post the final documents on the K-12 Mathematics Standards website.