Changes Coming to the Classroom

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - There are new changes coming to the classroom and it all revolves around math.

The Texas Education Board approved the curriculum and it's expected to change the way students tackle their math work.

The way math is taught in public schools will be a thing of the past.

Students will be tackling a more rigorous form of learning.

One of those changes is calculators are being tossed out.

Elementary students will no longer be allowed to rely on a calculator or any device that has a calculator to help them do their math work.

Even though Texas hasn't adopted national standards in math, it has set their own standards.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Holly Roberts, who is the Director of Math at the Midland Independent School District and she said the change is long overdue and the district needs to prepare for the change so they won't be caught off guard.

"We need to start now, probably at the start of this school year. Embedding some of those new standards that have been added to the grades 4, 5, 6. An 8th grader entering 8th grade in 2014-2015 won't have holes and gaps in his or hers. Standards won't expect he learned something that he didn't," Roberts said.

According to Roberts, it's easier for students at early grade levels to learn the concepts of math as opposed to them learning it when they move to junior high or high school.

It is essential for students to have the fundamentals of math so they can succeed in school.

The new math curriculum will go into effect for kindergarten through eighth grade by 2014.

Grades 9 through 12 can expect the new curriculum to hit their classroom by 2015.