Analysis of curriculum standards: an important research area

Dung Tran, Barbara J. Reys, Dawn Teuscher, Shannon Dingman, Lisa Kasmer

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This commentary highlights the contribution that careful and systematic analyses of curriculum or content standards can make to questions and issues important in the mathematics education field. We note the increased role that curriculum standards have played as part of a standards-based education reform strategy. We also review different methods used by researchers to compare and analyze the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, each method designed for a particular purpose. Finally, we call upon mathematics education researchers to engage in careful analysis of curriculum standards and to share their findings in ways that can inform public debate as well as support education professionals in improving student learning opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-133
Number of pages16
JournalJournal for Research in Mathematics Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The work reported in the article was supported, in part, by the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum, a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching (Grant No. 0958058). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • curriculum standards
  • intended curriculum
  • standards


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