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  • NCTM's Standards publications and position statements present a vision of appropriate goals for high-quality mathematics teaching and learning. This vision is at the heart of NCTM's efforts to provide guidance and resources for the implementation of research-informed and high-quality teaching that supports the learning of each and every student in equitable environments.



    Principles to Actions

    NCTM's landmark publication Principles to Actions connects research with practice, offering guidance to teachers, mathematics coaches, administrators, parents, and policymakers.

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    Common Core

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) developed under the direction of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA).

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    A comprehensive and coherent set of mathematics standards for each and every student from Pre-K through grade 12, Principles and Standards is the first set of rigorous, college and career readiness standards for the 21st century. It emphasizes the need for well-prepared, well-supported teachers and administrators, acknowledging the importance of a carefully organized system for assessing students' learning and a program's effectiveness.

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    Curriculum Focal Points

    Curriculum Focal Points are the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. They comprise related ideas, concepts, skills, and procedures that form the foundation for understanding and using mathematics and lasting learning. Curriculum Focal Points have been integral in the revision of many state math standards for Pre-K through grade 8.

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    More NCTM Standards

    NCTM's Standards publications present a vision of appropriate mathematical goals for all students. This vision is based on the assumption that all students are capable of learning mathematics, and it's at the heart of NCTM's efforts to bring high-quality mathematics learning experiences to each and every student.

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    CAEP Standards

    Math teacher preparation program accreditation standards and review process are managed by NCTM for the Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Mathematics standards, content, reviewer rubrics, and program report development training are available to institutions seeking mathematics program accreditation for their secondary, middle grades, and elementary teacher preparation programs.

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    Focus in High School Mathematics

    Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making is a conceptual framework to guide the development of future publications and tools related to grades 9–12 mathematics curricula. It suggests practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.

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    Position
    Statements

    NCTM position statements define a particular problem, issue, or need and describe its relevance to mathematics education. They rest on the foundation provided by Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Principles to Actions and research, and address issues that extend beyond the classroom.

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