For more than a decade, research studies of mathematics education in high-performing countries have concluded that mathematics education in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent in order to improve mathematics achievement in this country. To deliver on this promise, the mathematics standards are designed to address the problem of a curriculum that is “a mile wide and an inch deep.”
These new standards build on the best of high-quality math standards from states across the country. They also draw on the most important international models for mathematical practice, as well as research and input from numerous sources, including state departments of education, scholars, assessment developers, professional organizations, educators, parents and students, and members of the public.
The math standards provide clarity and specificity rather than broad general statements. They endeavor to follow the design envisioned by William Schmidt and Richard Houang (2002), by not only stressing conceptual understanding of key ideas, but also by continually returning to organizing principles such as place value and the laws of arithmetic to structure those ideas.
In addition, the “sequence of topics and performances” that is outlined in a body of math standards must respect what is already known about how students learn. As Confrey (2007) points out, developing “sequenced obstacles and challenges for students…absent the insights about meaning that derive from careful study of learning, would be unfortunate and unwise.” Therefore, the development of the standards began with research-based learning progressions detailing what is known today about how students’ mathematical knowledge, skill, and understanding develop over time. The knowledge and skills students need to be prepared for mathematics in college, career, and life are woven throughout the mathematics standards. They do not include separate Anchor Standards like those used in the ELA/literacy standards.
What you Will Learn this Year
Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Chapter 1 Introduction and Representation
Chapter 2 Arithmetic Strategies and Area
Chapter 3 Portions and Integers
Chapter 4 Variables and Ratios
Chapter 5 Multiplying Fractions and Area
Chapter 6 Dividing and Building Expressions
Chapter 7 Rates and Operations
Chapter 8 Statistics and Multiplication Equations
Chapter 9 Volume and Percents
We will be using many other resources to supplement CPM. Please Check with your child for passwords and user names. These resources will be used for classwork and homework. As a parent you are encouraged to create a "parent account" when possible. Please do so in order to monitor your child's progress. These resources are open for your child anytime you see fit. Please explore these sites. Please remember that you can also assign your child practice and you can monitor their progress anytime.
Your child has been given user names and passwords for each of the sites below.
An interdiction to CPM
Xtra Math Parents Enrollment
How to sign up for Khan Academy
How to get started with Khan Academy
If you know of any other free "must use" math sites please feel free to email them to me. If the site permits I will post them here.