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Courses That Lead to College and Career Readiness

Mathematics Program Goals

The higher expectations of the CCSS, the recommendations of the Math Work Group, and new definitions of college and career readiness helped form the four goals of the K–12 Curriculum 2.0 Mathematics program

  • Develop students who value mathematics and see it as useful to solving problems and making sense of the world.
  • Engage all students in experiences with mathematics content and processes that help them reach proficiency, defined as Understanding, Computing, Applying, Reasoning, and Engaging (UCARE) in mathematics.
  • Ensure that all students master the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to be college and career ready by graduation.
  • Prepare students with the desire and skills necessary to have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement or other college-level math courses in high school.

Courses That Lead to College and Career Readiness

The Curriculum 2.0 (C2.0) Mathematics program develops a deep understanding of mathematics by building a strong foundation of number sense at the elementary level before moving into more advanced content. The chart below shows the course options available to students that will prepare them for success in college and careers.

View the Math Curriculum Chart 

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Students successful in grade-level content will be able to reach Algebra 1 by Grade 8 and an Advanced Placement (AP) course in high school.
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The kindergarten through Grade 6 mathematics program contains acceleration and enrichment options that challenge students beyond the CCSS.

The few students who demonstrate exceptional proficiency, as defined by UCARE may be ready to work in a compacted course, starting in Grade 4.
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Students who need support in the grade-level course may need to work in other courses in middle school such as C2.0 Math 7 and C2.0 Math 8.
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Students taking these classes will still be on a trajectory for Algebra 2 and higher-level math that prepares them for college. It is anticipated that these courses will phase out over time as more students reach proficiency in grade-level standards.

How will we ensure that all children are challenged?

The deeper understanding and higher expectations of the grade-level CCSS, and the ways of measuring that deep understanding, will challenge students and help prepare them for college and careers.

Many students will need more than this. For these students, MCPS developed additional enrichment and acceleration. When a student demonstrates consistent understanding of a mathematical concept, there are enrichment and acceleration opportunities designed within the curriculum that extend students’ understanding.

There also will be a few students who consistently demonstrate a deep understanding of all the mathematical concepts of their grade level, and may need to be advanced. Beginning in Grade 4, there will be access to a compacted curriculum for students who demonstrate this need.

Math Curriculum Roll-out Plan

MCPS designed the Curriculum 2.0 mathematics roll-out to provide a smooth transition for students and to ensure that they are ready for the CCSS.

math rollout 

Students currently on an accelerated pathway of previous courses will stay in that pathway until they reach Algebra 1. Once in Algebra 1, they will begin the C2.0 Algebra 1 course and continue forward from that point in Curriculum 2.0 courses.

Students entering C2.0 Algebra 1 will be well prepared if successful in the previous course.