Mathematics

Steve Thompson
  • The Assistant Supervisor of Mathematics provides administrative and instructional leadership in the planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of effective programs in mathematics.

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  • In 2010, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) was one of 46 states to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  These standards were implemented in all Maryland public schools in the 2013-14 school year. These standards are consistent, high-quality academic goals that define the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level in order to graduate from high school fully prepared to enter college and the workforce.  The Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS) are the basis of the curriculum which establishes what students need to learn.

     
    Through the development of grade level frameworks, educators across the state have identified and determined the essential skills and knowledge that students must know and be able to do to meet each standard. These frameworks help teachers create lesson plans, guide their instruction, and differentiate their teaching to the specific needs of their students.
     
    New tests are being developed to measure the critical content and skills of the CCRS.  The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is working to develop a common set of tests aligned to the CCRS.  These PARCC assessments were field tested in the 2013-14 school year in select classrooms across the state.  PARCC assessments will not be the traditional multiple choice tests.  The new assessments will test writing skills in each grade, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will take the new assessments on computers, allowing the teachers to see results quickly and adjust classroom instruction to meet the needs of the students.
     
    In mathematics, students will develop a foundation of mathematical skills and learning from kindergarten through 12th grade, giving them the building blocks to understand why and how math works in the real-world. Students will still memorize math facts, but they will also be asked to show their understanding by explaining in writing how they solved math problems. 
     
    As reform efforts continue in Maryland, MSDE has adopted the "Common Core Standards" to support higher level thinking skills and deeper and richer content for our students.  The Common Core Standards implemented in Maryland are called "Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards."  This change aligns with the overall P-20 focus.