Mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships in number and in space. It serves as the underpinning for solving problems, posing conjectures, translating thoughts into symbols, and creating models. Mathematics is a thought process that touches all fields of study. It is the universal language that people use to solve problems and connect their understanding of order in the world.
The DeKalb County School District provides a mathematics curriculum for all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Mathematics in the District is based on state standards at each grade level and/or course. As implemented by the teachers, the District’s Standards reflect the increasingly rigorous proficiencies that students are expected to accomplish and demonstrate as they progress through school. These proficiencies include understanding of mathematical concepts, competence in problem-solving, ability to make connections among mathematical ideas and other areas of knowledge, articulacy in communication via mathematical symbols and conventional language, adeptness in mathematical reasoning, skill in the mathematical analysis of data, and mastery of basic computation skills.
Therefore, we believe that:
- Mathematics can and must be learned by all students.
- Students must learn mathematics with conceptual understanding to enable them to solve the new kinds of problems the rapidly changing world presents.
- Formative assessment should be an ongoing classroom activity that supports the learning of mathematics and informs instruction.
- Effective teaching requires that the teacher knows and understands mathematics, knows and understands the developmental stages of learners, and knows and employs a variety of instructional strategies.
- Technology should be used in mathematics education as a teaching tool to enhance student learning, but not as a replacement for basic understanding and computational fluency.
Assessment is a crucial component of the curriculum. The End of Course Tests (EOC) gauge student competency of mathematics courses in middle and high school. The End of Grade Tests (EOG) measures student achievement of the mathematics Georgia Standards of Excellence in elementary and middle school. The EOG is the promotional exam in math for grades five and eight as well as a valued indicator of a student’s success on the mathematics in high school. For more testing and assessment information, refer to Georgia Department of Education.
The DeKalb County School District believes that all students can learn. Students will be provided with a mathematical experience to promote success and prepare them for the challenge of mathematics at all grade levels as well as postsecondary experiences. Content Standards, Curriculum Map, and Unit Frameworks (Refer to your child’s syllabus for more details as it pertains to specific details for the curriculum)
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