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GRADES 9-12

Overview

The Mathematics Department at North Andover High School offers a diverse and rigorous program of courses designed to prepare students with different backgrounds to find success after their work at North Andover High School. A standards-based curriculum has been developed with the Standards of the Common Core and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks considered as benchmarks. Mathematics courses at North Andover High School make appropriate use of technology, develop critical thinking skills as well as develop advanced problem solving skills and strategies.

The Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics incorporates the Common Core State Standards and a selected number of additional standards unique to Massachusetts. The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. The Standards for Mathematical Practice also describe ways in which developing student practitioners of the discipline of mathematics increasingly ought to engage with the subject matter as they grow in mathematical maturity and expertise.

The Essential Standards for Mathematical Practice
  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularly in repeated reasoning.
In addition to the above, there are Standards for Mathematical Content. These are a balanced combination of procedure and understanding. The high school content standards specify the mathematics that all students should study in order to be college and career ready. 

Conceptual Categories for High School Content Standards (as found on page 73 of the March 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics)
  1. Number and Quantity
  2. Algebra
  3. Functions
  4. Modeling
  5. Geometry
  6. Statistics and Probability