Mathematics Education in Erie's Public Schools
Erie's Public Schools are implementing the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, ensuring that students graduate ready for success in higher education or the workforce.
In grades K-5, teachers provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals — which help young students build the foundation to successfully apply more demanding math concepts and procedures, and move into applications. Teachers 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.
Elementary Math Curriculum
Having built a strong foundation K-5, students can do hands on learning in geometry, algebra and probability and statistics in middle school. Students who have completed 7th grade and mastered the content and skills through the 7th grade will be well-prepared for algebra in grade 8.
Middle School Math Curriculum
In our high schools, students practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges and develop the ability to think and reason mathematically. High school teachers focus on college and career readiness, by helping students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to novel situations, as college students and employees regularly do. High school math instruction in Erie's Public Schools also emphasize mathematical modeling, the use of mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, understand them better, and improve decisions.
High School Math Curriculum