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New Math Standards a Hurdle for Some Texas Students and Teachers

Three months into the school year, the transition has proved challenging. As parents and educators question whether the rigor of the new curriculum is developmentally appropriate, school officials are reporting that they lack the resources to help teachers learn the new material.

Because of the transition to the new curriculum, fifth- and eighth-grade students will not be held back if they fail their state math exams this year, the state education commissioner, Michael Williams, announced in August. But some educators have called for the state to do more to ease concerns in the classroom, including the removal of student performance on math exams from school accountability ratings.