Goals and Philosophy of Mathematics Education

The goal of the Common Core State Standards for elementary mathematics is to "provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals." This is not simply a matter of rote learning. "The standards stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding, to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels- rather than the current practices by which many students learn enough to get by on the next test, but forget it shortly thereafter, only to review again the following year." ("Key Points of the Math Standards," CoreStandards.org)

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