The Thomas B. Fordham Institute rated North Carolina's mathematic's curriculum as "weak" in a recent report published last Wednesday.
“The State of State Standards Post-Common Core" rated the curriculum standards in both math and English and language arts in different states. North Carolina's curriculum standards received an overall rating of “good” in the English and language arts category.
The report stated North Carolina's standards were overall focused and coherent, but there were problems with rigor, including limitations on arithmetic in the early grades, which the report called counterproductive. The report also stated some standards were worded vaguely, and they appeared inaccessible because of their scattered presentation and the absence of information regarding the progression of practice standards.
The report also provided six recommendations to improve the math curriculum including addressing limitations on arithmetic and reviewing fourth-level math courses to aid in building from foundations in Math I through III. The report also recommends that the state clarifies the explanation of standards for teachers and administrators.
June Atkinson, former North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, expressed the importance of standards, as well as their implementation into curricula.