K-8 Mathematics Curriculum Information

Math in Focus
  • Math in Focus is a K-8 comprehensive mathematics program published by Marshall Cavendish.  Math in Focus provides rich and engaging resources based on 20 years of Singaporean success as a world leader in mathematics education. The framework presented in Math in Focus follows the same framework developed by the Singapore Ministry of Education.  The instructional approaches emphasize real-world, hands on experiences through a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression.  For more information, please click here to read more about the history of Singapore Math.  

Is Math in Focus based on research?

    • Mathematical Problem Solving: Mathematical problem solving is the foundation to the Math in Focus program.  Problem solving is embedded within the resources and  challenge students to "how" and "why" through complex real-world word problems and non-routine problems. Please click here for more information.

    • Model Drawing: Model drawing is a process of developing pictorial representations to assist in the understanding of mathematical concepts. Bar modeling is one of an approach that is introduced in second grade. Please click here for more information.

    • Place ValueMath in Focus emphases mastery, coherence and focus.  Developing an understanding of number sense and place value lays the foundation for computational skills, problem solving, critical thinking, and many other mathematical concepts. Please click here for more information.

    • Underpinning Concepts: The ultimate goal of Math in Focus is to enable students to "empower their thinking and develop skills that will learn them to a better future in society."  For more information, please click here.

What is the lesson structure of Math in Focus?

    • Grade 1-5 Lesson Structure Overview- Click Here

    • Grades 6-8: Lesson Structure Overview- Click Here

What content is covered in each grade level?

Keystone Exams

  • What are Keystone Exams? 

    The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education which are designed to evaluate proficiency in specific academic content.  Currently, there are three Keystone Exams being administered—Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology.  In future years, pending funding from the Pennsylvania Legislature, additional Keystone Exams will be administered.   

    Who takes the Keystone Exams?

    Beginning in 2012-2013 the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams will replace the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in mathematics, reading, and science for purposes of satisfying No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements. Therefore, all students in grade 11 must participate in the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams. Additionally, students in any grade 9 or 10 who completed or are enrolled in a Keystone related course will participate.