In the Moraga School District we teach the Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics. "They build on the best of existing standards and reflect the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in college, career, and life. Understanding how the standards differ from previous standards—and the necessary shifts they call for—is essential to implementing them."
The three major shifts in the standards are: greater focus on fewer topics, coherence, and rigor. By focusing on fewer concepts, students get the opportunity to dig deeper and master the concepts needed to solidify their mathematical foundation. Students apply and extend previous understandings to create a coherent body of knowledge made up of interconnected concepts across the grades. Rigor does not mean making math harder or introducing topics at earlier grades, however it refers to deep, authentic command of mathematical concepts. The three aspects of rigor in the major work of each grade are: conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application.
Our Math Curriculum
Moraga School District chose Math Expressions for the elementary curriculum and Digits as the middle school curriculum to implement and teach the Common Core Standards.