Mathematics

“In this changing world, those who understand and can do mathematics will have significantly enhanced opportunities and options for shaping their futures. Mathematical competence opens doors to productive futures.”
--National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

A deep understanding of mathematics and the ability to apply knowledge and communicate is increasingly important in the 21st Century.  Worcester County’s mathematics program strives to prepare all students to become successful in a global community by providing a challenging curriculum that is built upon the standards adopted by the Maryland State Department of Education, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M).  Maryland has embraced the standards and refined them to develop the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards for Mathematics (MCCRS-M).  The standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each level, so teachers are able to determine when students need extra support and when they need enrichment. 

In addition to content standards, Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) are infused into units and daily lessons.  The SMPs are the process standards and they describe the habits of mind of a mathematician.  As students become proficient problem solvers, they will internalize the SMPs.  The eight SMPs are:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Our curriculum sets a clear path for the implementation of a focused, coherent, and rigorous curriculum that prepares students to become College and Career Ready.

More information about the content and process standards can be found at http://www.corestandards.org