Mathematics Frameworks

Math Frameworks Overview

The curriculum frameworks for mathematics were created to support teachers in understanding and applying the standards in their teaching. Using these frameworks should reduce the time spent planning and ensure that instructional quality and rigor is maintained.

  • Click on Levels* in the left menu to find descriptions by level of how the CCRS Standards for Mathematical Practice can be incorporated into instructional activities, with a focus on quantitative reasoning (MP.2) and approaches to problem solving (MP.1). All instructors should become familiar with the eight math practices, which describe habits and behaviors related to mathematic and higher-order thinking as well as application.
  • Click on one of the four main math domains (Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Statistics, or Number Sense) and select a skill level* to find descriptions of the skills and knowledge that students should be able to demonstrate at the peak of the level. These descriptions summarize the content of the CCRS themselves into a more concise and teacher-friendly document that teachers can use when planning to help identify gaps in student performance, trace gaps back to foundational content, and select topics for teaching or re-teaching. Both students and teachers often have questions regarding mathematical terminology. Throughout this section, you will see specific mathematical terms in boldface type; the Additional Resources page includes links to three online dictionaries, where instructors or learners can easily look up boldface or other terms.
  • Throughout the descriptive sections of the math frameworks, you will also find links to classroom-ready, standards-aligned activities and resources in the right sidebar. Teachers are encouraged to use these resources not only as out-of-the-box deliverables, but also as models for developing of their own activities. You can also go straight to the searchable Math Activities bank. The Additional Resources page links to online dictionaries of key math terms as well as, importantly, two crosswalks between the CCRS math standards, GED® Mathematical Reasoning assessment targets, and the mathematics content of the Virginia College Placement Test.

The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) set challenging mathematics expectations for adult learners, including complex geometry and algebra content and a focus on applied problem solving. The CCRS are a guide for both students and teachers as adult education transitions from a test preparation mindset to a standards-based approach that focuses on developing the abilities students will need to be successful when they exit adult education programs–to apply math on the job; to enter postsecondary or training courses without the need for remediation; to make sense of data-rich information, statistics, and financial formulas encountered in everyday 21st century life.

To this end, the mathematics standards focus deeply on critical thinking, reasoning and persistence in problem solving, and conceptual understanding through the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the CCRS mathematics key shifts—focus, coherence, and rigor. Instruction aligned with these standards and shifts will actively engage students in cognitively demanding activities that explore the conceptual foundations of math concepts along with how, when, and why to apply them.

*A note about skill levels: The CCRS math standards form a coherent, leveled progression of skills building from the foundational to the college-ready level. The 5 grade-level groupings correspond to adult education NRS Educational functional levels: A (K-1, Beginning Adult Basic Education Literacy), B (2-3, Beginning Basic Education), C (4-5, Low Intermediate Basic Education), D (6-8, High Intermediate Basic Education), and E (9-12, Low Adult Secondary and High Adult Secondary Education).