Students will master rigorous mathematical content tied to the Math Department Standards leading to success in algebra and beyond.
• Mastery of whole numbers, fractions, geometry, and measurement, the critical foundations of algebra
• Access to an authentic algebra class, no later than 9th grade
• Curriculum that is focused, coherent, and aligned to state standards
• Conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem solving skills, jointly supporting one another
• The belief that success in learning math is largely a result of effort, not inherent ability or talent. Support and strategies for communicating this belief is provided for students, parents, and teachers.
• An understanding that readiness to learn is a concept that is dependent on students’ prior learning, not age.
• A balance of student-centered and teacher-directed instruction
• Explicit instruction for students with math difficulties
• Systematic interventions that address social, affective, and motivational factors on a small and large scale, including extra time and support during the same course to pre-teach or re-teach content
• A common curriculum that is coherent, accurate, and easily aligned to the state standards.
Teaching and Teacher Education:
• On-going professional development for teachers that includes math content and supports the math standards
• Highly qualified teachers that are motivated to teach math
• Instruction using high quality research-based best practices, with training provided by the district
• Tools that measure growth in mathematical understanding
• Common district assessments to reinforce shared expectations of learning for all
• Valid instruments of high quality
• A balance between formative and summative assessments, in a variety of formats (paper, pencil, observations, nonverbal, verbal)
• Assessments aligned with larger state/college expectations