Success in mathematics opens doors for students. In addition, all citizens need a solid background in mathematics to make informed and reasoned decisions about their lives and society, including decisions about their personal finances, which public policies deserve their support, and which insurance or health plans to select. In today’s highly technological world, having a solid preparation in mathematics is a tremendous asset.
Our vision for improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in the has been shaped by the NCTM process standards (NCTM, 2000) and the new Mathematical Practices of the Common Core State Standards. We emphasize mathematical reasoning, problem solving and communication. Reasoning and sense-making are at the heart of mathematics from early childhood through adulthood. We want students to experience mathematics as a creative, sense-making venture of solving challenging problems individually and collaboratively. We expect all students to develop in all strands of mathematical proficiency – conceptual understanding, procedural and computational fluency, strategic competence and adaptive reasoning. The development of number sense and insight into the many patterns and relationships that lead to computational and symbolic fluency are essential for effective problem solvers. Computational fluency includes accuracy, efficiency and flexibility.