Mathematics

Mathematics is the science of structure, order, and relation that has evolved from elemental practices of counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects.  To compete in a global workforce, and to be informed citizens requires rigorous mathematical knowledge and skills. Students must gain an understanding of fundamental ideas in number sense, computation, measurement, geometry, probability, data analysis and statistics, and algebra and functions, and they must develop proficiency in mathematical skills.

The content of the mathematics standards is intended to support the following five process goals for students: becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations. Practical situations include real-world problems and problems that model real-world situations.  The Standards of Learning within each strand progress in complexity throughout the grade levels and into high school course content.

Standards are identified for kindergarten through grade eight and for a core set of high school courses. From Kindergarten through 8th grade, the specific following content strands are taught:
  • Number and Number Sense
  • Computation and Estimation
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

The Standards of Learning within each strand progress in complexity throughout the grade levels and into high school course content. 

VDOE Mathematics Links:

Virginia Department of Education - Resources for Instruction & Assessment

Mathematics Vertical Articulation Tools (MVAT) – designed to support VA educators in their process of reviewing students’ strengths and unfinished learning in terms of algebra readiness.