New website for K-12 math benchmarks

Posted on June 16, 2008

New Website Provides Resources for Educators to Prepare All Students for College and Career

WASHINGTON – June 12, 2008 – Achieve, Inc., and the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin today publicly launched new web-based tools to help states and school districts establish mathematics coursework aligned with entry requirements for higher education and the workplace. The “Mathematics Benchmarks, Grades K–12” website at www.utdanacenter.org/k12mathbenchmarks makes the tools available at no charge to educators nationwide.

“Achieve and the Dana Center share the goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared to meet the challenges of postsecondary education and the workplace,” said Achieve president Michael Cohen. “We know that higher-level mathematics courses are the gateway to success and that schools, districts and states need tools to ensure that all students have access to and can succeed in rigorous mathematics courses. It is our hope that this new resource will help fill that need.”

The online resource provides benchmarks and tools to ensure that mathematics education is streamlined and connected from grade to grade as students progress toward high school graduation. Also included are classroom and workplace tasks that illustrate the practical application of the benchmarks. The resource also makes available program, school and district practices that show promise in strengthening secondary mathematics teaching and learning.

"Our common goal," said Uri Treisman, the Dana Center's executive director, "is to provide school districts with practical curriculum, instructional, and planning tools to help them ensure that their graduates are prepared to succeed in their collegiate studies and to flourish in high-quality workplaces."

The new website was announced during the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network annual retreat in Washington, D.C., June 11–14. The Network, another joint Dana Center–Achieve project, provides a forum for mathematics leaders from some of the country’s largest and most influential school districts to work together to solve common challenges in mathematics education and identify areas for the development of new tools and expertise.