I suppose it is time for me to say something nice about the Standards. They do specifically spell out the topics that should be covered and those that should be de-emphasized in various courses such as algebra I, trig., etc. And they are mostly right on the mark.
A lot of teachers started teaching during the slide rule days and have not fully understood the impact of the scientifiic calculator, the graphing calculator, and the computer in the applied sciences. Many topics, such as the study of determinants, are not so important anymore, and the mathematical techniques that require huge numbers of iterations have become extremely important. To their credit, the Standards do reflect these changes.