The mathematics curriculum for the Arlington Public Schools is designed to provide all students with the content, pedagogy, and assessment practices necessary for them to become mathematically literate members of the twenty-first century. Responding to broad societal changes, our program is designed to equip all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a technological society. Students engage in problem solving, communicating, reasoning and proof, making connections and using representations.
Our active learning-centered approach is consistent with the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework, Achieving Mathematical Power, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics. It provides mathematical experiences that enable all students to:
Appreciate the role mathematics plays in human affairs.
Communicate and reason mathematically.
Achieve meaningful mastery of computational skills.
Become confident mathematical learners and problem solvers.
Learning situations are active, cooperative, technology supported, investigative, and problem-based to support these goals. Our program presents mathematics as a connected whole, represented in numerical, graphical, and analytic models that are interlinked. Learning activities reflect varying levels of understanding.