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Texas Education Board Approves New Math Curriculum

New math requirements are expected to take effect in 2014

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    The State Board of Education has unanimously approved new K-12 math curriculum standards.

    Members adopted the requirements with little debate or fanfare Friday, despite concerns from an influential state business group and others that they were not strenuous enough or otherwise flawed.

    Texas is one of just five states that haven't adopted national standards in math and language arts in recent years, and has instead sought to devise its own set of stronger standards.

    The new, 10-year kindergarten through eighth grade math requirements are expected to take effect in 2014. High school standards should begin the following year.

    The Texas Association of Business was among those that opposed the new math curriculum, arguing that they don't place enough focus on basics like algebra.