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The Mathematics Standards describe what students should know and be able to do at grade levels. They reflect the increasing complexity and sophistication that students are expected to achieve as they progress through school. With each standard divided into conceptual strands, this document avoids repetition of learned skills and makes an obvious progression across grade levels less explicit. Teachers shall expect that students know and can apply the concepts and skills expressed at the preceding level. Consequently, previous learning is reinforced but not re-taught. Students who achieve these mathematical standards will be able to communicate mathematically. Although it is an interesting and enjoyable study for its own sake, mathematics is most appropriately used as a tool to help organize and understand information from other academic disciplines. Because our capacity to deal with all things mathematical is changing rapidly, students must be able to bring the most modern and effective technology to bear on their learning of mathematical concepts and skills.

The Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System (SAS)(http://www.pdesas.org/)is a collaborative product of research and good practice that identifies six distinct elements which, if utilized together, will provide schools and districts a common framework for continuous school and district enhancement and improvement. Much research has been conducted regarding what makes a great school. There are many intangible components; however, research supports the notion that great schools and school systems tend to have six common elements that ensure Student Achievement: Clear Standards, Fair Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials & Resources, and Interventions.

For additional information, please contact:

Kevin Mauro | Math Education Advisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Teaching and Learning, Division of Curriculum
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.772.6904 | Fax: 717.783.3946
kmauro@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us