ASA Group Reviews Mathematical Education of Teachers II
Following the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative in Mathematics, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) released a draft of The Mathematical Education of Teachers II (MET2) as an update to the original document published in 2001. The report focuses on the mathematics and statistics preparation of K–12 teachers with the primary audience intended for college and university mathematics and statistics departments and individual mathematicians and statisticians responsible for educating K–12 mathematics/statistics teachers.
Because MET2 will influence the statistical preparation of teachers and the teaching of statistics at the K–12 level, the American Statistical Association established a MET2 review group consisting of K–12 statistics teachers and university-level statistics educators with strong ties to K–12 statistics education. With statistics taking a more prominent role in the CCSS, especially at the middle- and high-school levels, the review group generally focused on recommendations regarding statistics education for pre-service teachers and on the need for professional development opportunities for in-service teachers. Successful implementation of the CCSS will require statistics content that focuses on the conceptual understanding necessary for the development of sound statistical reasoning.