All students have the right to receive instruction in mathematical content necessary to be productive members of a changing society. The expectation is that all students can and will learn mathematics. The curriculum should be designed to promote mathematical competence for all rather than to serve as a filter to identify an "elite" group of students who are allowed to study higher levels of mathematics.
The goals of mathematics instruction are to provide experiences that enable all students to:
gain confidence in the mathematical ability
become mathematical problem solvers
recognize mathematical connections
Key components essential to quality math instruction:
- Students must be involved in the development of their own understanding of mathematical concepts as opposed to a reliance upon the traditional emphasis on rules and procedures.
- Students must develop proficiency in problem solving, logical reasoning, higher-order thinking skills, and effective communication.
- Manipulative materials should be used to introduce and reinforce concepts.
- Assessment should include a variety of techniques including formative, interative, and summative. Assessment should focus on the process as well as the results.