Today's school mathematics curriculum has been influenced by many different factors. One major factor has been reports and recommendations offered by professional organizations and groups of academics in mathematics and mathematics education. These reports vary in scope and specificity, but they have created ebbs and tides that shaped the mathematics curriculum into the forms that exist today.
While current documents, such as Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, are easily accessed, many older yet important documents are more difficult to obtain for a variety of reasons. For example, some older documents are out of print. Some documents are available only in a few libraries. Some documents were never widely distributed. CSMC has created this online resource to help make some of these major documents accessible to interested parties.
CSMC faculty conducted an informal survey of a number of mathematics educators in an effort to identify documents that were instrumental in shaping mathematics curriculum as well as stimulating discussions and visions for mathematics curricula. The attached list was compiled and resources were created for each entry. No claim is made that this list is exhaustive.
For each entry on the list, three resources were created.
These resources are provided as a service by the CSMC. Permission is granted to use any or all of these resources for educational purposes. Our hope is that these resources will be useful in helping others in the mathematics education community become more knowledgeable about the history of the evolving school mathematics curriculum in the United States.
This CSMC resource is a work in progress. Comments and suggestions regarding these resources and recommendations for other resources to be included are most welcome.
The following team of CSMC faculty and doctoral students contributed to the development of these resources.