Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Statement by Presidents of CBMS Member Professional Societies

Fifteen of the presidents of the CBMS member societies have signed onto the following statement supporting the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

In a great act of foresight for this nation, most of the states have now adopted a consistent set of expectations for school mathematics, called the Common Core State Standards. Building on long years of work, the Common Core State Standards are an auspicious advance in mathematics education. They define the mathematical knowledge and skill that students need in order to be ready for college and career, and provide the basis for a curriculum that is focused and coherent. If properly implemented, these rigorous new standards hold the promise of elevating the mathematical knowledge and skill of every young American to levels competitive with the best in the world, of preparing our college entrants to undertake advanced work in the mathematical sciences, and of readying the next generation for the jobs their world will demand. Much remains to be done to implement the standards, in curriculum, assessment, and teacher education. But we now have, for the first time in our history, a common blueprint for this work across state lines. This is not the time to turn away from our good fortune. We, the undersigned presidents of the following member societies of CBMS, hereby express our strong support for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

James Roznowski
American Mathematical Association
of Two Year Colleges

David Vogan
American Mathematical Society

Marie Davidian
American Statistical Association

Alasdair Urquhart
Association for Symbolic Logic

Ruth Charney
Association for Women in Mathematics

Fran Arbaugh
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

Diana Kasbaum
Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics

Vanessa Cleaver
Benjamin Banneker Association

Hans Kuensch
Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Robert Devaney
Mathematical Association of America

Nathaniel Dean
National Association of Mathematicians

Valerie Mills
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

Linda Gojak
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Irene Fonseca
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Don Balka
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