In 2010, Vermont adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The CCSS for Mathematics provides clear, consistent expectations for students, which define what students should understand and be able to do. The AOE has developed sample proficiency-based graduation requirements (PBGRs) for Mathematics based on the CCSS. These PBGRs are examples of a rigorous proficiency-based graduation framework that students must meet for graduation, under the content of Mathematics, as per EQS requirements. These standards do not dictate curriculum or teaching methods. They are also not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business but rather a framework to support schools as they deliver effective K-12 mathematics instruction and curriculum.

    In the Essex Westford School District, our teachers use the Common Core State Standards as the foundation for our guaranteed and viable curriculum. From the common core, teachers work collaboratively to establish essential standards in all content areas. 

    Spotlight on Equity Resources

    Educational equity means that every student has access to the resources, opportunities, and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, whatever their race, gender/identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, family background, or family income may be. (Adapted from CCSSO, Leading for Equity.) The Spotlight on Equity Resource below provides a list of considerations and resources for the purpose of supporting equity and access while emphasizing high-quality and culturally sustaining learning opportunities for all students.