Ellen Metzger & Kathy O'Connell ~ K-8 Faculty Curriculum Co-Leader for Mathematics
To prepare students for algebra, the curriculum must simultaneously develop conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills... These capabilities are mutually supportive, each facilitating the learning of the others.
~ National Mathematics Advisory Panel Final Report, March 17, 2008, p. xix.
Information Session for Families on CMP3 Middle School Math Curriculum
Mathematical understanding and proficiency in students of all ages depend on a well articulated curriculum, high quality teaching, and student engagement in learning mathematics. This overview articulates the K-8 mathematics curriculum in terms of Learning Expectations, which are based on standards found in the 2011 Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks, which includes the "common core" standards.
These Learning Expectations also correspond to the grade level goals in our mathematics programs: Everyday Mathematics in grades K-5 and Impact Mathematics in grades 6-8. Through a rigorous program of mathematics, our goal is to engage students deeply in mathematical learning, build proficiency in all aspects of mathematics including algebra, and prepare them for mathematics programs in the high schools our students typically attend: Bedford High School and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
The mathematics expectations are organized so that instruction occurs in each mathematical domain at each grade. The order of topics within a grade may vary; some topics lend themselves to concentrated work in a specific unit and other topics receive attention throughout the school year. Key outcomes represent the most important learning in a standard at a specific grade level, and they provide a focus for assessing student progress.
Click a grade to open the Learning Expectations for that grade.