With the recent changes and implementation of the Common Core State Standards, as a Math Department, we believe that it is essential for all children to be fully exposed to the grade level standards. The grade-level standards teach your child fundamental skills needed to further his/her mathematical background and give him/her a solid foundation as they proceed to high school and beyond. Furthermore, “The standards are internationally benchmarked and backed by evidence showing that students’ mastery of them leads to preparedness for higher education and the workforce. The initiative defines college and career readiness as the ability “to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce-training programs” (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010).”
Furthermore, the common core standards are embedded with eight mathematical practices, which are, making 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, and look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. These mathematical practices along with the instruction around the Common Core Standards will allow your child to develop stronger mathematical knowledge, vocabulary, communication and problem solving skills.
With this being said, starting in the 2013-2014 school year, all students will be taught grade-level curriculum. We assure you that this will not affect advancement in high school math courses, but rather give your child a solid foundation with continued mathematical success.
If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Harder.