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Principles and Standards


  • A comprehensive and coherent set of mathematics standards for each and every student from prekindergarten through grade 12, Principles and Standards is the first set of rigorous, college and career readiness standards for the 21st century.

    Principles and Standards for School Mathematics outlines the essential components of a high-quality school mathematics program. It emphasizes the need for well-prepared and well-supported teachers and administrators, and it acknowledges the importance of a carefully organized system for assessing students’ learning and a program’s effectiveness.

    Principles and Standards calls for all partners—students, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and parents—to contribute to building a high-quality mathematics program for each and every student.

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