NCTM 2006 Recommendations

In 2006, the NCTM released Curriculum Focal Points, a report on the topics considered central for school mathematics. Francis Fennell, president of the NCTM, claimed that there had been no change of direction or policy in the new report, and said that he resented talk of “math wars”. Interviews of many who were committed to the standards said that, like the 2000 standards, these merely refined and focused rather than renounced the original 1989 recommendations.

Nevertheless, newspapers like the Chicago Sun Times reported that the "NCTM council has admitted, more or less, that it goofed". The new report cited "inconsistency in the grade placement of mathematics topics as well as in how they are defined and what students are expected to learn." The new recommendations are that students are to be taught the basics, including the fundamentals of geometry and algebra, and memorizing multiplication tables.