As states now begin their transition to the Common Core State Standards, seven organizations have united to provide advice on issues related to the implementations of the mathematics curriculum and assessments. The newly formed Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) includes input from and consists of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
"The Common Core State Standards present an unusual opportunity to guide and shape the future of mathematics education in the United States," according to Mike Shaughnessy, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and chair of the coalition. The group will review, research and develop common messages; provide content and assessment expertise from communities of mathematics education for the framework of the assessments; and collect, analyze and disseminate information about CCSSM to inform future revisions of the assessments. To learn more about the coalition, visit www.mathccc.org.