Curriculum ForumBusiness Education Standards
A HALLMARK of the business education curriculum is its relevance to everyday applications. As such, the curriculum, as a whole, and the development of computation skills, in particular, are essential in helping students fulfill their future roles as citizens, consumers, employees, employers, investors, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
Computation skills, as defined in these standards, are more than just the skills needed to make quantitative and precise calculations. Rather, these skills encompass the ability to
- solve mathematical problems,
- analyze and interpret data, and
- apply sound decision-making skills.
These abilities are an important component of what it takes to succeed in all areas of business and finance in our technology- and data-driven society.
The computation standards demonstrate a developmental approach to the acquisition of computation skills. The first five standards address the development of general mathematical skills. In the sixth standard, these skills are applied to analyze and solve business problems.
The business curriculum offers multiple opportunities to develop, use, and integrate computation skills at all levels, including how to choose and use the technology resources available for calculation, computation, analysis, and interpretation of data. In addition, specific courses in business, personal finance, and applied mathematics help students develop the computation skills needed to solve business-, personal finance-, and economics-related problems.
I. Mathematical Foundations
Achievement Standard: Apply basic mathematical operations to solve problems.
II. Number Relationships and Operations
Achievement Standard: Solve problems involving whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, ratios, averages, and proportions.
III. Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
Achievement Standard: Use algebraic operations to solve problems.
Achievement Standard: Use common international standards of measurement when solving problems.
V. Statistics and Probability
Achievement Standard: Analyze and interpret data using common statistical procedures.
VI. Problem-Solving Applications
Achievement Standard: Use mathematical procedures to analyze and solve business problems.
From the National Standards for Business Education © 2007 by the National Business Education Association, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.