### The Evolution of Mathematics Standards: Has the Common Core State Standards Ended the Battle of the Math Wars?

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief history of how the perspectives of mathematicians, educators, parents, policy makers, administrators, and other experts in mathematics education have added to the standards reform starting with the publication of the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM,1989) and arriving at our current place in time with the beginning implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the fall of 2012. In addition, the "Math Wars" (Schoenfeld, 2004, p. 253) will be addressed as well as the various publications of standards that have evolved after the aforementioned NCTM publication in 1989;. The paper ends with concluding thoughts on the future implementation of the CCSS in mathematics classrooms.

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