While math standards are viewed as extremely important for students on an academic path, some experts feel that math requirements for college bound students may be excessive.
Getting American high school students “college and career ready” has been a major focus of renewing math standards. However, some critics state that the standards are more difficult than they need to be, even for students who will enter college.
For example,high school students are required to take algebra II in almost 20 States, but some of those concepts are now dropped into algebra I. New York had revised tests to align with Common Core, adding material found in algebra II or trigonometry.
“It’s a nice challenging test for an honors student,” says Geri Ganzekaufer, a 29-year veteran math teacher at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, New York. “I think the people writing the test haven’t been in the classroom for a while.”