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Developing a deep understanding and appreciation for meaningful K–12 mathematics

Mathematics in Milwaukee Public Schools is built on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. These standards define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of mathematics. In prekindergarten through grade 8, the standards lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. These elements support a student's ability to learn and apply more-demanding mathematics concepts and procedures as students progress through high school. This in turn ensures preparation for college and career.

Milwaukee Public Schools mathematics instruction calls for students to apply mathematics through real-world contexts, building on conceptual understanding of topics balanced with procedural skill and fluency. Students’ abilities to think and reason about mathematics are developed over the course of their study through engaging, appropriate, high-level teaching and learning.

Thinking and Reasoning Mathematically

Standards for Mathematical Practice

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Mathematics Curriculum Specialist
Supporting Middle and High Schools:

Dr. Jose E. García-Joven 
Phone: 414-773-9842

Mathematics Curriculum Specialist
Supporting K–5 and K–8 Schools:

Dr. Melissa Hedges
Phone: 414-773-9816

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