The mathematics program offers a curriculum sufficiently broad in scope to help prepare students for many different careers and vocations. Some of the curriculum content will be immediately useful to students in their roles as consumers and as part-time employees, and some of the curriculum content will enable students to study higher- level mathematics.
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics as our North Carolina Standard Course of Study marks a new leap forward in the continual process of improving learning for all our students. These standards are internationally benchmarked, and are based on a philosophy of teaching and learning mathematics that is consistent with the most current research, exemplary practices, and national standards. Common Core State Standards have been adopted by over 45 states so far, and provide an opportunity for collaboration among states, and with organizations and universities across the country.
High School Standards specify the mathematics all students should study to be college and career ready. They are organized by conceptual categories or themes: Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Modeling, Geometry, and Statistics and Data. Equally important are the Standards for Mathematical Practice, describing the behaviors or ‘habits of mind’ of mathematically proficient students.