Questionnaire on New Jersey's Mathematics StandardsPlease provide the following information: Position: Classroom Teacher Math Chair/Supervisor Principal Other School Employee Corporate/Industry Other _______________ Grade Level: K2 36 78 912 College Not applicable Type of school: Public Private Parochial Type of community: Urban Suburban Rural We would also appreciate the following information, so that we can, if needed, follow up with additional questions, but recognize that some respondents might prefer to respond anonymously: Name: _____________________________________________________________________ Day Phone: ________________________ Evening Phone: ________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________________ Email Address: ____________________________________________________________ School: _______________________________ District: _________________________ Although the questions below are openended, we would appreciate it if you made your responses as specific as possible – including commenting on specific standards, and also on the specific "cumulative progress indicators" that are associated with the standards. It would therefore be useful for you to refer to a copy of the state's Math Standards as you answer some of the following questions. (The document is available at http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/archive/nj_math_coalition/framework/standards/std_standards.html). Please feel free to continue your responses on additional pages. 1. Overall, what has been your impression of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Mathematics over the first three years since they were adopted. ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ The short names of the sixteen math standards are: 1. Problem 5. Tools & 9. Measurement 13. Algebra Solving Technology 2. Communication 6. Number Sense 10. Estimation 14. Discrete Math 3. Connections 7. Geometry/ 11. Patterns/ 15. Calculus Spacial Sense Functions 4. Reasoning 8. Numerical 12. Probability/ 16. Excellence/ Operations Statistics Equity Please respond to the following questions with the numbers of the appropriate standards. Include explanatory comments as you see fit. 2. Do you think any of the standards or cumulative progress indicators are poorly written or could be rewritten to better reflect the goals of a good mathematics education? If so, which ones and why. ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 3.a. Do you think any of the standards or cumulative progress indicators reflect expectations that are too low for all of New Jersey's students? If so, which ones and why. ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 3.b. Do you think any of the standards or cumulative progress indicators reflect expectations that are too high for all of New Jersey's students? If so, which ones and why. ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 4. Is there any way in which the standards and cumulative progress indicators could be rewritten so that they would better support the following tasks: Local curriculum development: ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ The state's assessment program: ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Classroom mathematics teaching: ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 5.a. In what ways has your school (or district) implemented the standards? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 5.b. Have your curricula been reviewed from the perspective of the standards? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 5.c. Have teachers had an opportunity to learn about the standards through planned professional development activities? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 5.d. What obstacles have impeded the implementation of the standards in your school (or district)? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 6.a. Is there anything that the New Jersey Department of Education ought to be doing to assure that the standards are more fully implemented in the classrooms around the state? What would you suggest? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 6.b. Is there anything that the New Jersey Mathematics Coalition ought to be doing to assure that the standards are more fully implemented in the classrooms around the state? What would you suggest? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for your time and thoughtful responses to this questionnaire. Please respond by November 15, if possible, to:
