Research Commentary: Analysis of Curriculum Standards: An Important Research Area

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  • 1 Victoria University, Hue University College of Education, Melbourne, Australia
  • | 2 University of Missouri, Columbia
  • | 3 Brigham Young University
  • | 4 University of Arkansas
  • | 5 Grand Valley State University

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.

Contributor Notes

Dung Tran, Victoria University–Melbourne, Footscray Park Campus, 100 Ballarat Rd, Room C406i, Footscray VIC 3011, Australia;

Barbara J. Reys, University of Missouri–Columbia, 121F Townsend Hall, Columbia, MO 65201;

Dawn Teuscher, Brigham Young University, 191 TMCB, Provo, UT 84602;

Shannon Dingman, University of Arkansas, SCEN 321A, Fayetteville, AR 72701;

Lisa Kasmer, Grand Valley State University, A-2-138 MAK, Allendale MI 49401;

(Corresponding author is Tran
(Corresponding author is Reys
(Corresponding author is Teuscher
(Corresponding author is Dingman
(Corresponding author is Kasmer
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