In response to Dave Ickes' questions regarding standards...3 years ago the Nevada Legislature jumped on the standards bandwagon and passed a slew of things relating to standards. They created a Standards Council separate from the Department of Education which was charged with writing standards in a very short timeline. Math, Science and English were first to be written. The committees consisted of community people, business people, legislators, and 4 teachers. One opportunity for public input into the completed draft was provided. The standards somewhat reflect the 1989 NCTM Standards, but lots of agendas had to be satisfied...
After the standards were adopted, my district went through a series of activities designed to align our district curricula to the standards. The district sought community and business input into the state standards in its efforts to "exceed" the state standards. A small committee of teachers then took the state standards plus the standards added by the community and business forums and aligned these with our curricula.
Last year, the district devoted the year to providing inservice opportunities to teachers in how to teach to standards. This included explaining what made standards different from what we'd been doing, identifying what we'd been doing and how that fit with standards-based instruction, curriculum mapping, lesson design, assessment, and interdisciplinary unit design. No workshops were content-specific. Little reference has been made to the NCTM Standards (or other national standards) and I'm not certain most teachers understand that there is a difference between "standards-based teaching" or NCTM Standards and or Nevada Standards.
<<1. Does your school district require your lessons to reference the NCTM standards?>> My district consists of 79 schools, 57 elementaries, 11 middle, 11 high. Some site administrators required lessons reference state standards. I wouldn't expect any referenced NCTM standards.
<<2. Do you need to do paper work showing that what you teach in math follow the math standards (local or state or district)? In other words, are you required to cite any kind of standard on your lesson plans?>> Some schools required this.
<<4. How does your state treat standards? (In other words, are there official policies that schools are supposed to follow?)>> Districts are obligated to meet all standards. The graduating class of 2002 will be required to pass an exit exam which tests the content of the standards. Statewide CRT exams are also being developed for 3rd and 5th grades based on the standards.
<<5. Does your state have its own standards? Are they similar to the NCTM Standards?>> We have our own standards - loosly similar to the NCTM Standards (same strands and 4 of the 5 process standards are the same). Content is pretty different, though.
<<6. Would referencing the NCTM standards somehow with the Problems of the Week (PoWs) be of benefit to you?>> This would at least provide a sense of what standards each POW meets and make it easier for teachers to find information when they were looking for ways to meet a standard. NCTM Standards would provide a good reference point.