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Mathematics

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Phone: 301-766-2926

WCPS MATHEMATICS VISION

All WCPS students have the right to be confident and proficient mathematicians. Through evidence-based instructional practices, all students will develop deep understandings, problem-solving, and mathematical reasoning skills to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.


The Office of K-12 Mathematics supports the curriculum, assessment, staff, and resources for the mathematics programs in grades K - 12.

The Washington County Public Schools mathematics curriculum uses the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum.  The curriculum includes grade-specific standards that balance mathematical understanding and procedural skills.  The standards are arranged such that students will learn concepts in an organized fashion which allows students to make mathematical connections across grade levels while encouraging real-world problem-solving.  The Standards for Mathematical Practice span all grade levels and describe how students interact and engage with mathematics.  Teachers connect mathematical practices to the mathematical content in daily instruction.

The Standards for Mathematical Practice are:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. 

Transfer Goal 1: Make meaning of and take risks to persevere through complex mathematical problems utilizing strategic thinking and reasoning.

Transfer Goal 2: Effectively communicate mathematical reasoning by developing viable arguments and constructively critiquing the reasoning of others.

Transfer Goal 3: Fluently apply appropriate skills, processes, and tools in new and authentic situations.

Transfer Goal 4: Make use of structure and repeated reasoning to quantify, compare, represent, and model mathematics while attending to precision.