Washington Math History Timeline

Timeline of Mathematics Education Developments in WA State, 1989 – Present

1989 NCTM publishes Standards (Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics), which encourage calculators down to kindergarten level and de-emphasize paper-and-pencil computational proficiency, catalyzing the current iteration of reform math.
NCTM Standards (1989): The NCTM no longer supports internet access to the (original) NCTM Standards. For information on the original NCTM Standards, see Understanding the Original NCTM Standards They’re Not Genuine Math Standards by Bill Quirk
1993 Legislature passes Education Reform Act (HB1209) which results in development of academic standards (EALRs) and WASL.
1995 WA adopts EALRS (standards) written by OSPI and aligned to NCTM standards. Statewide movement toward adoption of NCTM standards-based programs (TERC Investigations, Everyday Math, Connected Math, other NSF-funded “reform” programs) begins.
February 26, 1997 The Essential Academic Learning Requirements in Mathematics
Reformatted June 1998
1999 U.S. Department of Education Announces Selection of Exemplary, Promising Mathematics Programs.  Programs had to be based on the NCTM Standards to be considered.  This announcement prompted prominent mathematicians and scientists to write An Open Letter to United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley to express their concerns.
2000 NCTM publishes

Principles and Standards for
School Mathematics
March 2000 Using Research to Shift From the “Yesterday” Mind to the “Tomorrow” Mind Teaching and Learning Mathematics OSPI publication
2001 No Child Left Behind enacted by US Congress. In order to satisfy NCLB, OSPI repurposes WASL (which was never designed to test individual student performance, but rather schools and school districts) to not only test individual students but to serve as a graduation requirement.
Mathematics K–10 Grade Level Expectations: A New Level of Specificity

Washington State’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements for Mathematics
2005 Thomas B. Fordham Foundation publishes The State of State Math Standards 2005, which rates WA math standards “F” (same “F” rating previously given in 1998 and 2000); WTM organizes to advocate for internationally competitive math in WA.
2006 NCTM publishes Curriculum Focal Points for K-8, which call for computational fluency using standard algorithms. Despite public and press perception, NCTM denies any reversal of its stance on computation.
February 2006 Rep. Glenn Anderson introduces a bill to adopt the math standards of Singapore as the WA State standards. HB 2506
September 8, 2006 Mathematics (Edition 2) K–12 Grade Level Expectations:A New Level of Specificity Working Draft pdf download 12MB
Washington State’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements
(this set of standards was used in many classrooms)
Still available on OSPI website 2006 Mathematics Standards and Grade Level Expectations
also available to download here 2006 Math EARLS Draft
Legislature passes 2SHB 1906 - Improving Mathematics and Science Education, mandating OSPI revision of WA math standards (with State Board of Education oversight) using Singapore (among others) as exemplar.
Legislature passes SB 6023 – Math and Science WASL amendments: delays passing math WASL as graduation requirement until 2013, provides for use of alternative assessments for math.
June 30, 2007 Teaching Math in Washington’s High Schools: Insights from a Survey of Teachers in High Performing or Improving Schools Conducted by: University of Washington, College of Education for The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Download from OSPI. Alternate download.
August 2007 Strategic Teaching publishes Washington State Mathematics Standards Review and Recommendations, which gives WA math standards lowest possible marks in Depth, Grade-to-Grade Coherence, Measurability, Accessibility and Balance.
Sept-Dec 2007 Dana Center, University of Texas (highest bidder) contracted by OSPI for Mathematics Standards Revision. Preliminary Draft revisions widely criticized for failure to meet Strategic Teaching’s report recommendations.
January 2008 Where’s the Math? releases Washington Exemplary Mathematics Standards: 2008 (v1) to OSPI and legislature, providing its vision of math standards for WA comparable to high math achieving states and nations.
March 2008 Legislature passes SB 6534 in response to OSPI’s failure to produce acceptable math standards, Directs SBE to retain a national consultant to analyze the February August 2008 version of revised mathematics standards from SPI and make specific recommendations for changes needed to finalize the standards.
March 2008 Legislature passes 2SHB 2598 Directing the office of the superintendent of public instruction to issue a request for proposals for development of an online mathematics curriculum.OSPI must conduct a survey of the mathematics curricula used by school districts, and the districts’ curricula purchasing cycles, and report the results to the Legislature by November 15, 2008.
March 13 2008 National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP) publishes its final report, Foundations for Success, which calls for “automatic recall” of basic math facts and computational “fluency with the standard algorithms” along with instruction leading to and supporting a true Algebra 1 proficiency.
July 2008 Washington State Guidance for Selection of Instructional Materials To Meet District and State Standards OSPI publication
August 2008 Final K-12 Mathematics Standards approved after SBE/Strategic Teaching oversight.
August 2008 OSPI/Relevant Strategies 2008 Mathematics Instructional Materials Review & Recommendations Preliminary Draft Report: Grades K-8 ranks Singapore Math dead last among 12 elementary programs reviewed. Ranks the four top elementary math curricula (in descending order) Math Connects, Bridges in Math, Investigations in Math (TERC) & Math Expressions. Ranks the three top middle school math curricula Holt Math, Math Connects & Prentice Hall Math.
August 2008 Guidelines for accelerating students into high school mathematics in grade 8
OSPI document for accelerating using the 2008 math standards
Click here for alternate download location.
Sept 24, 2008 Bergeson makes a premature recommendation to SBE on curriculum programs for K-8, including Bridges for K-5. SBE had contracted with ST for a review of the top four books and their review was not complete.
Oct 2008
Nov. 2008
Strategic Teaching releases 1) Independent Study of Washington State K-8 Curriculum Review Nov. 2008 Final Report, 2) Review of Mathematical Soundness W. Stephen Wilson, Ph.D., 3) Copy of 2008-10-9 OSPI and ST DATA. Report #2 finds Bridges and Investigations deficient in preparing students to advance further in mathematics.
Nov 2008 School District Mathematics Curricula Adoption and Usage Report to the Legislature OSPI
Updated December 5, 2008 OSPI/Relevant Strategies 2008 Mathematics Core Comprehensive Materials Review & Recommendations Report Final Version Grades K-8
April 2009 SB 5414 – 2009-10 Implementing recommendations of the WASL legislative work group.Revised for 1st Substitute: Regarding statewide assessments and curricula.
April 9, 2009 High School Mathematics Curriculum Review Update memo from Alan Burke, Deputy Superintendent, K-12 Education, OSPI and Greta Bornemann, Mathematics Director, Teaching and Learning, OSPI to School District Leaders, Mathematics Educators
Links to many of the reports mentioned in this memo can be found here.
May 5, 2009 MEMORANDUM NO. 028-09M K-12 Education
Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
RE: High School Mathematics Core/Comprehensive Instructional Materials final recommendations, pursuant to 2007 House Bill 1906
The final recommendation for high school is: Holt Mathematics.
Updated June 15, 2009 OSPI/Relevant Strategies 2008 High School Mathematics Core Comprehensive Materials Review & Recommendations Report Final Recommendations
October 1, 2009 OSPI released Measurements of Student Progress
Test and Item Specifications Grades 3-5 Mathematics (PDF)
Test and Item Specifications Grades 6-8 Mathematics (PDF)
October 2009 Washington’s “Race to the Top” Proposal pdf
October 2009 Overview document
November 2009 Mathematics Assessment
Changes for 2010 and Beyond

Measurements of Student Progress (Grades 3-8)
High School Proficiency Exam
December 11, 2009 OSPI released revised versions of
Test and Item Specifications Grades 3-5 Mathematics (PDF)
Test and Item Specifications Grades 6-8 Mathematics (PDF)
April 2010 OSPI clearly states the high school math recommendation in two documents posted on their website. Superintendent’s Recommendation The two documents can be downloaded there or at the following links.
K-12 Mathematics Instructional Materials Recommendations Background on High School Math Curricula Recommendation – Holt Mathematics April 8, 20010
June 23, 2010 Washington State submits Race to the Top Assessment Program Application for New Grants on Behlaf of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium. Signatures on application are Gov. Gregoire, Supt. Dorn, and the president of the State Board of Education.

Washington State Standards and Curriculum
selected reports from Strategic Teaching

OSPI Publications Downloads See listing of OSPI publications and download those you want or need.

OSPI Data Files for Downloading

Textbook Alignment With Washington State Learning Standards: Summary of OSPI’s Review—Revised
Washington State Institute for Public Policy January 2007


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