Shaping the Standards: "Higher Standards for Our Students, Higher Standards for Ourselves"

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As we near the end of the more-than-four-year-long process of creating NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, we can rightfully celebrate this new milestone in our continuing efforts to improve the mathematics education of all students. Attend the NCTM's 78th Annual Meeting in Chicago, and join your colleagues in the official celebration at the opening session on Wednesday, 12 April 2000, at 5:45 P.M., when the document and accompanying CD-ROM will be presented to the membership.

Throughout the Annual Meeting, sessions will highlight the messages of Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Sessions will also illustrate the features of the electronic edition.

If you cannot attend the meeting, join in the celebration by visiting the NCTM's Web site at www.nctm.org any time after the opening session to preview the electronic edition online. If your membership is current on 1 April 2000, you will receive the print version of Principles and Standards shortly after the meeting.

Let us also take a moment to reflect on the journey that has brought the mathematics education profession to this point. In 1994, NCTM formed a commission to study updating the Standards. Its positive recommendation, which was based on feedback from the membership, set the process in motion. A writing group of twenty-six mathematics teachers, teacher educators, administrators, researchers, and mathematicians has spent much time during the past three summers--as well as additional time during the school year--in producing this document. The group first conceptualized the document, next created a discussion draft in summer 1998, and then produced the final document last summer. …