The North Allegheny School District provides a sequential mathematics curriculum for all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Mathematics education in the District is based on standards at each grade level. Established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, these Standards specify what students need to know and how they will apply such knowledge.
As implemented by the teachers, the District's Standards reflect the increasingly rigorous competencies that students are expected to achieve and demonstrate as they progress through school. These competencies include understanding of mathematical concepts, facility in problem-solving, capacity to make connections among mathematical ideas and other areas of knowledge, fluency in communication via mathematical symbols and conventional language, proficiency in mathematical reasoning, dexterity in the mathematical analysis of data, and mastery of basic computation skills.
The achievement of these competencies requires more than textual or technological resources. It requires prolonged and sustained interaction between teachers and students. Only through such interaction can curricular materials become meaningful. The role of the teachers in mathematics instruction is crucial as they are the ones who help the students to understand not simply how but why mathematics works.
Assessment is an integral part of the North Allegheny curriculum. The District employs a variety of assessment instruments to monitor student progress in mathematics and evaluate the mathematics curriculum.
A high quality education in mathematics is essential to all students. Such education contributes significantly to their intellectual development. At the same time, it enables them, not only to choose from a wide range of career paths, but also to compete successfully in today's global economy.