Mathematics Program Principles
Similar to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2000 release of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Kalamazoo Public Schols believes that there are six principles that our mathematics program must embody in order for us to ensure mathematics success for "every student, every opportunity, every time." Those six principles include:
Excellence in mathematics education requires equity—high expectations and strong support for all students.
A curriculum is more than a collection of activities: it must be coherent, focused on important mathematics, and well articulated across the grades.
Effective mathematics teaching requires understanding what students know and need to learn and then challenging and supporting them to learn it well.
Students must learn mathematics with understanding, actively building new knowledge from experience and prior knowledge.
Assessment should support the learning of important mathematics and furnish useful information to both teachers and students.
Technology is essential in teaching and learning mathematics; it influences the mathematics that is taught and enhances students' learning.