A group of Nebraska teachers is helping revise state math standards after meeting with business leaders to discuss how they use math in their jobs and what skills their employees need.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports about 40 teachers used the information they gathered to revise the data-gathering portions of curriculum standards, and strengthen the link between what students learn and the jobs they may have as adults.
This is the first time the Nebraska Department of Education has included business leaders from various industries in the discussion of standards for what students must know from kindergarten through 12th grade.
According to Deb Romanek, the department’s director of mathematics, the revisions clarify what math skills students need to have mastered and eliminate duplication between grades.
A draft of the standards will be available online to the public through May 29.