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What is a Standards-Based Mathematics Curriculum?

November, 1999
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Lynn T. Goldsmith
June Mark

Within mathematics education, talk about "the NCTM Standards" is everywhere. But because different people focus on different aspects of the Standards developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and may interpret them differently as well, what they mean by "the Standards" is not always clear. This article discusses the distinctive characteristics of a standards-based curriculum.