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
- 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.
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
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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
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.