Maryland's College and Career Readiness Standards

Message to the Community

The essence of the Maryland's College and Career Readiness Standards (MDCCRS) is to develop deep understandings for students. MDCCRS contain fewer standards and this "less is more" philosophy allows teachers to spend more time to dive past the surface level of topics to develop these understandings. At the foundation of these standards are the eight "Practices" of mathematically proficient students. These "practices" define student behaviors that must be evident for understandings to be developed. This student-centered approach to instruction transforms the way that mathematics is taught. Students are pushed to think and figure things out for themselves with the teachers' role as that of a facilitator. Through questioning, students are challenged and the answers as well as the procedures are not always explicitly stated. Parents will notice a significant increase in applications of concepts as well as many connections being made between standards. Overall, this shift in curriculum will improve students' reasoning ability and understanding of mathematics and thus better prepare students to take upper-level mathematics courses in high school as well as college.

How Parents Can Help

Maryland's College and Career Readiness Standards (MDCCRS) represent not only a shift in curriculum and instruction but also in how students learn. This shift requires that students engage in the thinking and discussions in math class and become active learners rather than passive listeners. Parents can talk with their child about perseverance which is referenced in practice 1 of the eight "practices." Students should be encouraged to not give up and pose questions when they are confused. Active participation develops these deep understandings while improving their overall reasoning and problem solving skills.
If the parent feels that their child has reached a frustration point, this should be communicated this with the child's teacher so that additional assistance can be provided.