Elementary and Secondary Mathematics
Welcome and Overview
The Howard County Public School System's mathematics program is built upon the Maryland State Curriculum and Common Core State Standards for mathematics. The mathematics standards set a rigorous definition of college and career readiness by demanding that students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to real-life situations, as college students and employees regularly do. In prekindergarten through grade 8 mathematics, the standards lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. Taken together, these elements support a student's ability to learn and apply more demanding mathematics concepts and procedures in middle and high school.
Howard County's mathematics programs call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; they require students to think and reason mathematically.
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with Mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Children mature mathematically at different paces, throughout each grade level, and demonstrate various levels of implementation of the practices. These behaviors develop over time and often emerge during certain learning activities and through the study of specific, critical mathematics topics and standards.
The staff in the Offices of Elementary and Secondary Mathematics is committed to exemplary standards of teaching and learning. Our mission is to inspire vision, engage in collaborative leadership, offer differentiated professional development and service to schools, and support equitable mathematics teaching and learning of the highest quality for all students.