Franklin County

Senate calls for higher math standards

The state Senate unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that directs the Kentucky Department of Education to strengthen mathematics curriculum in elementary and secondary schools.

The education department would have to revise its math standards by Aug. 1, 2009, and bolster the tools provided to teachers to help them make changes. In addition, the state's Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS test, will likely have to be revised to better assess how students fare with a more rigorous math curriculum.

"While it is a simple bill, it may be as important as any education improvement bill that has passed the General Assembly," said Sen. Dan Kelly, R-Springfield, sponsor of Joint Resolution 19. The measure passed 33-0 late Tuesday after receiving its first readings in early January. It now heads to the House for consideration.