I would like to clarify one misimpression that Daniel drew from Kreg's post: the South Carolina law is not addressing mathematics curriculum. The legislature is addressing accountability and not curriculum. Kreg's post was very accurate: the proposed law indicated that principals and teachers could be removed from their positions if students failed to meet standards on state mandated tests. The content of the tests was not written into the law.
The SC Board of Education adopted the state Mathematics Framework that is consonant with the NCTM Standards. Currently, the SC assessment system is not aligned with the state Framework and this schizophrenic condition is a source of concern (what Kreg heard at the session). The state is moving to revise the assessment system but the going is slow and contentious. At one hearing, a senator stated that he did not want mathematics educators involved in setting math standards so, Daniel, your concerns are valid.
It is my hope that South Carolina's assessment system will accurately report on our state's progress toward meeting the academic achievement standards derived from the state Framework. I think firing teachers and principals for their students' failures is a simplistic and misguided approach. Most here agree because the proposed law died quickly. I think accountability is important and am certain that a law will be passed dealing with student achievement. The key will be the validity of what we are measuring.
South Carolina's Governor, David Beasley, can be reached at Governor@state.sc.us I doubt if he reads his own mail.