BEFORE THE BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On September 22, 2011, the Board of Public Education published MAR Notice No. 10-53-257 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed adoption and repeal of the above-stated rules at page 1931 of the 2011 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 18.
2. The board has adopted the above-stated rules as proposed:
New Rule I ARM 10.53.501
New Rule II ARM 10.53.502
New Rule III ARM 10.53.503
New Rule IV ARM 10.53.504
New Rule V ARM 10.53.505
New Rule VI ARM 10.53.506
New Rule VII ARM 10.53.507
New Rule VIII ARM 10.53.508
New Rule IX ARM 10.53.509
New Rule X ARM 10.53.510
New Rule XI ARM 10.53.511
New Rule XII ARM 10.53.512
New Rule XIII ARM 10.53.513
New Rule XIV ARM 10.53.514
New Rule XV ARM 10.53.515
New Rule XVI ARM 10.53.516
New Rule XVII ARM 10.53.517
3. The board has repealed the above-stated rules as proposed.
4. The board has thoroughly considered the comments and testimony received. A summary of the comments received and the board's responses are as follows:
COMMENT #1: Mr. Robert Bayuk, representing the Montana Indian Education Association (MIEA), read and presented a letter thanking the board for its support, and the inclusion of Montana Indian Education for All into the content standards for mathematics. The letter also thanks the Office of Public Instruction for facilitating the process to ensure inclusion of Montana Indian Education for All into the mathematics standards.
RESPONSE: The board thanks Mr. Bayuk for his comments on behalf of Montana Indian Education for All, and concurs.
COMMENT #2: Mr. Bruce Swanson commented on his concern that the "strands and spiral" framework is embedded into the proposed mathematics standards. The use of the "strands and spiral" framework, he believes, reduces the cognitive development of students.
RESPONSE: The board thanks Mr. Swanson for his comment; however, respectfully, does not concur. The board recognizes that the proposed standards are college and career ready and more rigorous than the current mathematics content standards. The new common core standards focus on grade-by-grade learning expectations, not a spiraling framework.
The board recognizes the efforts of the Council of Chief State School Officers and National Governors Association for providing the foundational research and structure of the Common Core State Standards. In addition, the board recognizes the facilitation by the Office of Public Instruction to engage a broad review of the common core standards by Montana educators.
/s/ Peter Donovan /s/ Patty Myers
Peter Donovan Patty Myers, Chair
Rule Reviewer Board of Public Education
Certified to the Secretary of State November 14, 2011.