Minimum High School Math Standards
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    This page of MATHguide will inform you as to what could be the minimum high school math standards. Here are the sections within this page:

    In order to gain a high school diploma, students must possess a certain set of skills. Most people would agree. Whatever those skills are, schools have not been able to provide for the basic needs of many students. News agencies have reported so over several decades.

    The following sections will summarize what math skills every high school student should eventually possess. Click on the links to find resources for those skills.

    These are pre-algebra topics that every high school students must master.

    esson: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
    ideo: Convert Between Decimals, Fractions, and Percents
    esson: Reduce Fractions
    esson: Multiply Fractions
    esson: Divide Fractions
    esson: Add and Subtract Fractions
    esson: Solve Proportions
    esson: Order of Operations

    These are functions topics that every high school students must master.

    esson: Solve Linear Equations
    esson: Solve Quadratic Equations
    esson: Calculate Area
    esson: Calculate Surface Area
    esson: Calculate Volume
    esson: Find Zeros of Polynomials
    esson: Evaluate Functions

    These are geometry topics that every high school students must master.

    esson: Utilize the Pythagorean Theorem
    esson: Complete Basic Proofs
    esson: Determine Trigonometric Ratios

    These are coordinate geometry topics that every high school students must master.

    esson: Graph Linear Functions
    esson: Solve Systems of Linear Equations

    These are probability topics that every high school students must master.

    esson: Calculate Basic Probabilities

    Once a learning institution embraces the need for minimum standards for mathematics (and all other disciplines), important questions arise.

  • How can a school institute minimum standards?
  • Should exit tests be administered? If so, how?
  • Can teachers simply embed these skills within existing curricula and demand mastery with them while also assessing higher skills?
  • How far are you willing to take this idea as a teacher who either prepares students for high school or teaches high school students?
  • How can you implement minimum standards as an administrator who is responsible for the education of all students (including students who receive special education) in your learning community?
  • How can students be taught to take intrinsic ownership of meeting and exceeding the minimum standards?
  • Why should a high school be responsible for teaching topics students should have learned at the junior high school level?
  • How can minimum standards be adopted while also preparing other students to be proficient or advanced with the standards?

    These questions are meant to help foster a path toward implementing minimum standards. There is no one correct path.

    Several members of a learning community can attempt to thwart the implementation of minimum standards for several reasons. Teachers may feel already burdened by existing responsibilities. Middle managing administrators will have to exercise assessment strategies to determine if standards are being met. Upper managing administrators will be concerned how this may affect passing and graduation rates. Students could struggle with the minimum standards.

    The solution is a simple one even though the process may be painful. The solution is this: It is unacceptable to graduate students from high school if they do not possess these rudimentary skills.