The mathematics curriculum is grounded in the newly adopted New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards. The standards reflect revisions, additions, vertical movement, and clarifications to the current mathematics standards. Instruction will continue to emphasize the mathematical process with a focus on the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. North Merrick will also continue to support Math and Movement activities that add a kinesthetic component to mathematics instruction. Students will engage in problem-solving and critical-thinking activities while exploring divergent ways to solve problems. Mathematics instruction will balance conceptual understanding with procedural fluency, which enable students to successfully transition to middle school, high school and beyond. Ongoing assessment of student work will guide instruction and serve as a tool to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all learners.
Beth L. Friedman, Deputy Superintendent for Personnel & Instruction