The Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences, an umbrella organization of 16 professional mathematics and mathematics education societies, has issued a statement from their presidents formally supporting the Common Core for Mathematics. These organizations have the primary objective of increasing mathematical knowledge and are committed to mutual support in efforts to promote research, improve education, and expand the uses of mathematics.

Here is the statement:

## Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Statement by Presidents of CBMS Member Professional SocietiesIn a great act of foresight for this nation, most of the states have now adopted a consistent set of expectations for school mathematics, called the Common Core State Standards. Building on long years of work, the Common Core State Standards are an auspicious advance in mathematics education. They define the mathematical knowledge and skill that students need in order to be ready for college and career, and provide the basis for a curriculum that is focused and coherent. If properly implemented, these rigorous new standards hold the promise of elevating the mathematical knowledge and skill of every young American to levels competitive with the best in the world, of preparing our college entrants to undertake advanced work in the mathematical sciences, and of readying the next generation for the jobs their world will demand. Much remains to be done to implement the standards, in curriculum, assessment, and teacher education. But we now have, for the first time in our history, a common blueprint for this work across state lines. This is not the time to turn away from our good fortune. We, the undersigned presidents of the following member societies of CBMS, hereby express our strong support for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematic.

You can find the complete statement at http://www.ams.org/news/Statement-for-CCSSMath7-24-13.pdf

The organizations in CBMS are:

*Diana Suddreth is the STEM coordinator and secondary math specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.*

Does this make it more likely that Utah will adopt the common math core, instead of retaining a unique state math core?

Thank you for your question. The Utah State Board of Education approved the new core standards in math in August 2010: http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Minutes/2010/08-06-10.aspx.