Secondary Mathematics provides support to secondary mathematics teachers by overseeing revisions and implementation of the Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum, answering questions, and providing clarification for teachers and administrators regarding the Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum. Secondary Mathematics Professional Development and Leadership opportunities are offered that support student achievement through core implementation.
State Mathematics Education Coordinating Committee (SMECC)
SMECC is a group of district mathematics coordinators, university professors, and charter school representatives in Utah. SMECC meets three to four times per year for statewide collaboration, professional development, and discussion of mathematics issues. Participation is limited to those in mathematics leadership positions in local educational agencies. The SMECC mailing list is the primary means of disseminating current information. Contact Diana Suddreth for more information regarding this committee.
Common Core State Standards
In August 2006, The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) adopted the K-12 Utah Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts. The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) then worked with Utah educators and various stakeholders to determine the best approach in using the standards in ways that would meet the unique needs of Utah students. USOE continues to work on implementation plans and support documents. The Utah Core was implemented in grades 6 and 9 in 2011, grades K-7, 9-10 in 2012, and will be implemented in all grades by the 2013-14 school year.
Statements of Support
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), an umbrella organization of sixteen professional mathematics and mathematics education societies, has issued a statement from their presidents formally supporting the Common Core for Mathematics (Read Statement). These organizations have the primary objective of increasing mathematical knowledge and are committed to mutual support in efforts to promote research, improve education, and expand the uses of mathematics.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), is committed to helping educators interpret and understand the Common Core State Standards and has issued their own statement of support (Read Statement).
STEM White Paper (October 30, 2012)
Core Standards for Mathematics: A Review
Mathematics Steering Committee Report
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Talking Points
Utah's 3-Tier Model of Mathematics Instruction
Utah's Mathematics Model and Master Plan
USOE Instructional Materials Search (RIMS)