The Caldwell-West Caldwell School District is dedicated to providing a high quality math curriculum to all students. The elementary mathematics program focuses on both content and skills, with the goal of having students successfully apply their skills to problem solving situations. This kind of learning environment also fosters self-direction, discovery, creativity, and curiosity about the role math plays in our everyday lives.
Although the acquisition of basic knowledge and skills is important, there is an even greater need to insure that students have a conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts. At the elementary level, the K-5 Math Curriculum aims to foster number sense and the relationships and structures of numbers. Students demonstrate their understanding through short-answer and open-ended questions, but they also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills, and understanding in real-world, authentic contexts. They can verbalize and share their thoughts and strategies to gain insights from classmates during both small group and whole group discussions. Assessment is daily and ongoing, which allows teachers to monitor student progress and implement appropriate interventions and extensions.
We are currently in the process of selecting a math program. In January and February, a group of teachers will be piloting two different math programs. At the end of February, the committee will be making a final recommendation to the district. The new program will go into effect during the 2020-2021 school year.