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Everyday Mathematics Goals

Everyday Mathematics is organized around Grade-Level Goals, Program Goals, and Content Strands.

Content Strands

Developments over the past 30 years have led to a tremendous increase in the importance of mathematics in a growing number of occupations, and in daily life. As a result, the goal of achieving mathematical literacy for all citizens has become a national priority. In today's word, mathematical literacy means that adults need to have a range of sophisticated mathematical knowledge and skills that extend far beyond basic calculation skills.

The authors of Everyday Mathematics believe that it is crucial to begin laying the groundwork for mathematical literacy at an earlier age than offered in traditional programs. Based on their own and others' research, and other supporting research, the authors also firmly believe that children are capable of learning a great deal more than previously expected.

For this reason, the scope of the K–6 Everyday Mathematics curriculum includes the following mathematical Content Strands:

  • Number and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Data and Chance
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Geometry
  • Patterns, Functions, and Algebra


Program Goals

The third edition of Everyday Mathematics includes Program Goals and Grade-Level Goals. Program Goals are organized by content strand and are the same at all grade levels, weaving the curriculum together so that students continue building on a solid base of consistent learning for each skill and concept. Program Goals ere based on research, state and national standards, and our authors' expertise. These goals represent the mathematical skills and concepts that all children who study Pre-K–6 Everyday Mathematics are expected to master using the program.

Program Goals by Strand (3rd edition)

Content Strand Program Goals
Number and Numeration
  • Understand the meanings, uses, and representations of numbers
  • Understand equivalent names for numbers
  • Understand common numerical relations
Operations and Computation
  • Compute accurately
  • Make reasonable estimates
  • Understand meanings of operations
Data and Chance
  • Select and create appropriate graphical representations of collected or given data
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Understand and apply basic concepts of probability
Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Understand the systems and process of measurement; use appropriate techniques, tools, units, and formulas in making measurements
  • Use and understand reference frames
  • Investigate characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimsensional geometric shapes
  • Apply transformations and symmetry in geometric situations
Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
  • Understand patterns and functions
  • Use algebraic notation to represent and analyze situations and structures

Grade-Level Goals

Program Goals are further refined through Grade-Level Goals. Grade-level Goals are linked to assessment and articulate the content that students are expected to master in each Program Goal area for the year. There are approximately 20-25 Grade-Level Goals for each grade. Everyday Mathematics is designed so that the vast majority of students will reach the Grade-Level Goals for a given grade upon completion of that grade. Students who meet the Grade-Level Goals will be well prepared to succeed in higher levels of mathematics. More information about grade-specific goals can be found in the "goals" sections of For Parents and For Teachers.

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Professional Development

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