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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

Mathematics High Quality Instructional Materials

Mathematics Instructional Resources

Professional Development Resources
  • Slides Supporting Implementation of the 2017 Frameworks

  • SEL and Math

  • Making Connections: Pre-K – 3 Content Standards for Mathematical Practice 2 and 7

  • Curriculum Frameworks Key Shifts: Mathematical Rigor in Pre-k – 5

  • General PD Planning Guidance
    This site is a resource for professional development leaders to support the development of high quality professional development. It includes case studies and tools to support professional development planning and assessment.

  • Architecture for Proportional Reasoning
    This professional development suite from the DESE Developing Proportional Reasoning Project is designed to help math educators, leaders, curriculum planners, and others become familiar with the progression of proportional reasoning development in the pathway from PreK to High School. This suite of tools will support math educators in providing all students, including English learners (ELs), students with learning disabilities, struggling students, as well as students below, at, and above grade level with access to mathematics specified in the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework. In the past year, while school and district leaders, educators, students, and families have demonstrated ingenuity and perseverance, students across grades K–12 did not receive typical mathematics instruction. With this suite of tools, math educators can prepare for student reentry and can provide all students, at all levels, with the opportunity to learn the mathematics they need for college readiness, career readiness, and good world citizenship.

Curriculum Planning Tools
Classroom Resources
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.

Contact the Mathematics Team

NamePhone Number
Ian Stith413-237-8537
Meto Raha781-338-3548
Jennifer Sauriol781-338-3580
Fabrice Kandjanga781-338-3558

Last Updated: February 16, 2023

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