Mathematics Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Prince George’s County Public Schools Mathematics Department is to “empower” students to utilize higher order thinking skills through daily mathematical practices. We believe that students, parents, teachers and other members of the learning community are essential pieces of the puzzle that involves the learning of mathematics. This is a belief we share because our students have promising futures and should be held to high expectations by all stakeholders. Students gain experiences by being taught mathematical concepts, problem solving, making connections to real-world situations and technology utilization. Students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades receive direct instruction in the following content standards that are set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Number Relationships and Computations; Algebra; Geometry; Measurement and Statistics; Patterns and Functions; and Probability and Data Analysis. Recognizing the diverse needs of students and the importance of technology, instruction is delivered with the use of flexible grouping, the use of manipulatives, skill intervention programs, on-line mathematical software, and calculators. Mathematical skill development and assessment is essential to mastering math goals. Individual student data is consistently monitored through pre and post assessments, unit assessments, quarterly mathematics benchmarks and Maryland State Assessments. The Mathematics Department is committed to supporting life-long learning of mathematics by providing professional development that keeps teachers abreast of current trends and best practices. This will ensure sound instruction that engages and inspires learning.