Welcome to Elementary Mathematics


Elementary Mathematics provides support to Elementary mathematics teachers by overseeing revisions and implementation of the Elementary Mathematics Core Standards, answering questions, and providing clarification for teachers and administrators regarding the Elementary Mathematics Core Standards. Elementary Mathematics Professional Development and Leadership opportunities are offered that support student achievement through core implementation.

Utah Core Standards

Utah Core State Standards for Mathematics Elementary Levels K-5
If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly.

Utah Core State Standards for Mathematics Middle/Junior High School Grades (6-8) 
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Secondary Mathematics

Core Guides

Core guides provide a description of the Core Standards, including concepts and skills to master, critical background knowledge and academic vocabulary.

Mathematics Core Guides
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Professional Development

Elementary Mathematics Professional Learning Series Courses

Course Registration
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Progressions in Fractions for Teachers Grades 3-5

This course highlights the progression of fraction standards in grades 3-5. Participants will build from a foundation of how a student's development of fractional thinking in grades K-2 leads the way to building a strong conceptual and representational understanding in grades 3-5. Through engaging in reading research, mathematical tasks, discussion posts, and viewing videos of teaching practice, participants will link operation sense within whole numbers to fractions and solidify their understanding of visual fraction models. Participants will deepen their passion for math and develop ways to promote a growth mindset with students.

Online, 1.0 SUU or USBE credit hour
Instructors: Melissa Garber and Elizabeth Felt

Progressions in Place Value for Teachers Grades K-2

Place value is an essential foundation in mathematics. Young mathematicians build understanding through counting, familiarity with the base-ten system, and applying their understanding to the operations of addition and subtraction. This course, specifically designed for the kindergarten, first, and second grade teachers offers this essential place value content in addition to research-based pedagogy, and a compilation of valuable resources. 

Online, 1.0 SUU or Utah State Board of Education (USBE) credit hour
Instructors: Lise Welch and Megan Erickson

Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy

Utah State Board of Education (USBE) STEM

STEM Endorsement and Syllabi

STEM Academy for Administrators

State Mathematics Education Coordinating Committee (SMECC)

SMECC is a group of district mathematics coordinators, university professors, and charter school representatives in Utah who meet 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 (LEAs) and the SMECC mailing list is the primary means of disseminating current information.

For more information regarding the committee, please contact Joleigh Honey.

2018-2019 School Year

Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) Course Registration

September 28, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Utah State Board of Education (USBE)
Basement West
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Register at MIDAS: Course #41595-1

January 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: USBE Basement West
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Register at MIDAS: Course #41595-2

March 15, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Utah State Capitol
State Office Building Auditorium
350 State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84011
Register at MIDAS: Course #41595-3

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

PAEMST is the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year.

Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
  • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. 
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in mathematics or science (including computer science), the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning teachers serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive. 

PAEMST Application and information

Past Winners

Information coming soon!

State Finalists

Information coming soon!



Doing Mathematics With Your Child
Kindergarten to Grade 6
Ontario, Canada Ministry of Education

Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics
United States Department of Education 
A guide that is a few years old but still has some great ideas.

Math Tips for Parents
Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
From summer learning to year-round math tips, find answers and advice for supporting your child in mathematics.

Parent Guide to Student Success
The National PTA supports parents with a guide that includes information about what children should be learning and activities that parents can do with them. It's also available in Spanish.

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards
Council of the Great City Schools developed "roadmaps" that help parents understand how they can support their children's learning.

E-mail List

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Elementary Mathematics Team

Shannon Ference
Phone: (801) 538-7617 | E-mail

Christina Ausmus
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7988 | E-mail