The goal of Alabama's K-12 mathematics program is to empower all students to live and work in the twenty-first century with the mathematical skills, understandings, and attitudes they will need to be successful in their careers and daily lives. Mathematically empowered students are flexible and resourceful problem solvers who understand and value mathematics and communicate ideas effectively. Educators, using the Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics as a basis for curriculum development and instructional decision-making, provide opportunities that enable all students to use mathematics in everyday life and in the workplace.
This course of study specifies a minimum foundation of mathematics to be learned by all students, including students with disabilities. Content standards are included for each grade level and course. These standards are aligned to build upon each other across the grades without repetition. School systems are encouraged to expand the content standards when appropriate to address the needs of their students.
The recommendations of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM) from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are incorporated into the conceptual framework, position statements, and content standards of this course of study. The content in each grade level and course is organized using the five PSSM content standards. These five content standards that serve as strands in this document are Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability. The PSSM process standards of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Connections, and Representation should be integrated into instruction as outlined in PSSM.
In order to effectively implement this document, local educators must use this course of study to develop local curriculum guides or local courses of study. Implementation of the Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics is an important step in providing students with a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and understanding in mathematics. This foundation is an essential element in leading students toward mathematical empowerment, thereby enhancing their opportunities and options for the future.
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