Vision: Our vision is to provide a challenging, meaningful and equitable math program aligned with career and college readiness, fitted to provide the essential skills necessary for our students’ success at the next level.
Mission: Our mission is to assure that assessments are aligned with essential evidence outcomes so we can adequately evaluate our students’ progress as they pursue college and/or career readiness.
- Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with our students.
- Maintain a math department where a welcoming and positive culture exists.
- Provide a space where every student can be successful.
- Utilize assessments to inform instruction and provide opportunities for mastery
- Develop a data set that allows us to
- Accurately evaluate our students’ progress to college and career readiness
- Assure appropriate placement from one year to the next
Mathematics Department Overview
Mathematics is the abstract study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space and change. There is a range of views among mathematicians and philosophers as to the exact scope and definition of mathematics.
Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof. When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity for as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry.
Teaching mathematics is essential for all students as they grow to understand their world and become productive citizens. Mathematical models explain, celebrate, and analyze the world around us; from economic models on the stock market to musical models of symphonies, our world is mathematics. All Colorado students must understand mathematics and its relevance in their lives.
Educational Content Areas
The power of Colorado’s education improvement efforts lies in having a comprehensive system consisting of relevant and rigorous standards, aligned and meaningful assessments, excellent teachers and school leaders, and high-performing schools and districts. All aspects of the system are continuously improving to advance student learning and prepare students to succeed in an increasingly competitive workforce The Colorado Academic Standards are the expectations of what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade. They also stand as the values and content organizers of what Colorado sees as the future skills and essential knowledge for our next generation to be more successful. State standards are the basis of the annual state assessment.
Colorado has 10 content areas:
- Colorado Arts
- Visual Arts
- Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
- Reading, Writing, and Communicating
- Social Studies
- World Languages