About the Mathematics Curriculum
For more than a decade, research studies of mathematics education in high-performing countries have concluded that mathematics education in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent in order to improve mathematics achievement in this country. To deliver on this promise, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards are designed to address the problem of a curriculum that is “a mile wide and an inch deep.” The Kinnelon School District mathematics curricula follow these Standards.
The math standards provide clarity and specificity rather than broad general statements. They endeavor to follow the design envisioned by William Schmidt and Richard Houang (2002), by not only stressing conceptual understanding of key ideas, but also by continually returning to organizing principles such as place value and the laws of arithmetic to structure those ideas.
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Mathematics are found at: NJSLS Mathematics