In the coming decades, today’s young people will depend on the skills and knowledge developed from learning mathematics to analyze problems, imagine solutions, and bring productive new ideas into being. Employers will need students with high level mathematical skills in order to thrive in the global economy. Jobs, yet to be defined, will require mathematical skills far beyond what was needed of students in the past.
In the Richland School District, we are committed to having all students engaged in challenging and rigorous mathematical content that develops and sharpens their mathematical skills, deepens their understanding of concepts and processes, and utilize their problem-solving, reasoning and communication abilities. For students to develop this deeper level of understanding, their knowledge must be connected not only to a variety of ideas and skills across topic areas and grade levels in mathematics, but also to other subjects taught in school and to situations outside the classroom.