May 2007 Newsletter 
Students are first required to … 
… in 5th grade in:  … in 6th grade in:  … in 7th grade in:  
EE = Texas' old Essential Elements Math curriculum, dropped in 1997 TX = Texas' current degraded Math standards, written after the Texas Education Code forbad the State Board of Education to "designate methodologies" in textbooks  
multiply decimals  CA  NY  FL  PA  EE  TX  
divide decimals  CA  NY  FL  EE  TX  
multiply fractions  CA  FL  PA  EE  NY  TX  
divide fractions  CA  NY  FL  EE  TX 
Q  Why does the State Board of Education not require teaching more Math skills sooner? 
A  That would be counterproductive as long as it lacks the power to eliminate inefficient teaching methods. The sooner you try to teach more skills with bad pedagogy, the less students learn. 
Q  What is an example of bad pedagogy in Texas Math programs? 
A  For 2007 local adoption, Texas approved 6th grade Connected Math, which:
