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San Lorenzo Valley USD |  BP  6142.92  Instruction

Mathematics Instruction   

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The Governing Board desires to offer a rigorous mathematics program that provides a strong foundation in basic mathematical skills and prepares students to apply mathematics in real life. The Superintendent or designee shall develop grade-level curricula that offer a balanced instructional program, including but not limited to:

1. Basic mathematical skills: quantification, basic facts, sorting and classification, and computational skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, squares and square roots

2. Conceptual understanding: knowledge and application of facts and definitions, identification of principles, understanding of relationships among mathematical concepts, recognition and application of signs, symbols and terms

3. Problem solving: use of mathematical concepts, skills, tools and reasoning strategies to formulate and solve problems in a variety of situations

The mathematics program shall develop such knowledge and skills in the subject areas of numbers, measurement, geometry, functions, statistics and probability, logic, algebra and discrete mathematics. Students should know, understand and demonstrate concepts through their application to classroom and real-life situations.

For K-8 students, the District will require the recommended daily minutes of instruction for mathematics (60 minutes per day). In the case of block schedules, the average time per day will equal 60 minutes. Courses for K-8 students follow the recommendations of the framework. For K-7 students: grade level courses/standards. For 8th Grade students: Algebra. Exceptions are permitted for accelerated students; however, all K-8 students are required to have math instruction as part of their annual instruction schedule.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all students have many opportunities to take the full range of mathematics course options.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The Board shall adopt California standards content and performance standards in mathematical skills, concepts and problem-solving ability for each grade level. Students at risk of failing to meet performance standards shall receive additional assistance and intervention.

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide professional development opportunities that are designed to provide instructional staff with mathematical content knowledge and the skills in effective mathematics teaching practices.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

Students shall have access to sufficient instructional materials, including manipulatives and technology, to support a balanced mathematics program.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

Legal Reference:


51210 Areas of study, grades 1 through 6

51220 Areas of study, grades 7 through 12

Management Resources:


Improving Mathematics Achievement for All California Students: The Report of the California Mathematics Task Force, 1995

Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 1992


adopted: December 10, 2008 Ben Lomond, California