Mathematics Guiding Principles


 Mathematics assessment is an on-going process of evaluation which will provide targeted feedback leading to the continuous growth of ALL learners.

 Effective mathematics assessment should:

  • allow for student and teacher reflection through timely, targeted feedback.

  • provide data to inform and adjust instruction.

  • align with district and state outcomes.

  • be a critical part of the learning cycle and therefore must be multi-faceted in order to provide all students vehicles through which they can demonstrate their level of understanding.


     Communication promotes higher levels of cognitive, interpersonal and social development.

     Mathematically literate students:

    • employ technical reading strategies to access and interpret a variety of mathematical data.

    • express mathematical information symbolically.

    • understand and extend their thinking through discourse.

    • critically reflect upon and evaluate their understanding through writing.

    • utilize feedback as a vehicle to move toward independence.

    • discover, analyze, and evaluate existing ideas, new concepts, and misconceptions through questioning.

    • are supported through on-going collaboration between school and home.


 Technology engages students, enhances learning, and extends conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas.

Incorporating the use of educational technology in the mathematics classroom will:

  • engage students by tapping into their natural curiosity as it allows increased opportunity for exploration through inquiry.

  • enhance learning by increasing efficiency, thereby broadening  the depth and breadth of mathematical ideas.

  • extend conceptual understanding by applying critical thinking skills, demonstrating multiple representations, and discovering mathematical connections.

  • prepare students to be active participants in our global community through diverse and authentic learning experiences.

    Planning and Instruction

Effective planning and instruction ensures a balance among developing an understanding of broad mathematical concepts, problem-solving, and increasing procedural fluency in a student-centered learning environment.

Rich mathematical instruction should:

  • outcomes, current research, best practices, and student needs.

  • provide for acquiring, making meaning of, and transferring skills and knowledge across content and disciplines.

  • differentiate to support the needs of all students.

  • incorporate a variety of authentic experiences that foster critical thinking.

    Classroom Culture

    A positive classroom culture which fosters life-long curiosity, teamwork, and an appreciation for multiple approaches to problem-solving is essential for engaging and motivating students.

    Students achieve success in a learning environment that is structured to:

    • promote inquiry, risk-taking, reciprocal teaching, and a spirit of collaboration.

    • enlist teachers in assuming flexible roles as facilitator, coach, and instructor.

    • support all students in developing a positive mathematical self-concept and a productive disposition.