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Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Mathematics

In Massachusetts, mathematics education builds students' understanding and skills through active engagement in meaningful mathematics. The content and practice standards included in the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework focus on developing students in the following areas:

  • Conceptual understanding - make sense of the math, reason about and understand math concepts and ideas
  • Procedural skills - know mathematical facts, compute and do the math
  • Capacity - solve a wide range of problems in various contexts by reasoning, thinking, and applying the mathematics they have learned.

Making Sense of Mathematical Concepts
Mathematical Rigor
Using Mathematical Concepts in Problem Solving Applications
Performing Mathematical Procedures Fluently

 

Mathematics Learning Standards

 
2017 Math Curriculum Frameworks Cover Thumbnail and Link
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2017 Mathematics Curriculum Framework (click to view a section of the Framework)
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Highlights: 2017 Revisions to the Mathematics Standards
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Statewide Mathematics Assessments (MCAS)

Mathematics Instructional Resources

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Climbing Measurement Mountain
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Path to Proportional Success Infographic

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  • Curriculum Planning Tools

  • STEM Ambassador Program

  • Classroom Resources

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    Quick Reference Guide: Making Decisions about Secondary Course Sequences
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    Quick Reference Guide: Common Addition and Subtraction Situations
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    Quick Reference Guide: Common Multiplication and Division Situations
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    Quick Reference Guide: Fractions Learning Progression in Grades 3-5
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    Quick Reference Guide: Standard Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction
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    Quick Reference Guide: Standard Algorithms for Multiplication and Division
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    Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - Pre-K-2
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    Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - Grades 3-5
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    Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - Grades 6-8
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    Quick Reference Guide: Standards for Mathematical Practice - High School

    What to Look For Observation Guides
    "What to Look For" guides describe what observers can expect to see in a classroom at a particular grade level in math. The front page outlines content and skills from grade level standards that students will be learning in the classroom. The back page outlines key features related to the MA teacher rubric to use as a guide for collecting evidence in planning and instruction.

  • Mathematics Networks and Associations — coming soon

  • Middle Grades Math Virtual Book Study


Contact the Mathematics Team

Last Updated: September 14, 2020

 
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