Higher Math Standard Planned For NY Kindergartens

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More requirements for math as early as kindergarten and teaching a greater understanding of literature are among new standards for New York’s public schools to be in place by the 2011-12 school year.

The state Board of Regents has approved changes in the statewide curriculum and testing to enforce the requirements, which include the higher standard for math in kindergarten and first grade.

Another will require students to be taught how to better interpret literature from a wide variety of genres and a spectrum of American and world cultures.

The board approved the curriculum changes for most grades on Tuesday after six months of research and discussion with more than 800 teachers and experts.

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  • The Good Samaritan

    This will only increase the drop out rate.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  • msa

    I agree . I believe the students don’t have enough pressure on them and that is why our country is falling behind in education globally.
    Everything is too easy for our children. and that is why there is so much chaos in our schools. No discipline. Everyone seem to be afraid of the chiildren. If the childrfen were properly disciplined at home, the teachers job would be less stressful and for everyone involved.

  • sk

    this puts so much stress on students, as well as teachers. First, rasining strict standards make kids school more difficult for students, they will feel low self esteem and more likely to give up. Second, more kids will just be labeled as special ed.Everyone complains that too many kids are getting special ed services.

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