SDE: Mathematics Connecticut State Department of Education SDE: Mathematics


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Every student needs and deserves a rich and rigorous mathematics curriculum that is focused on the development of concepts, the acquisition of basic and advanced skills and the integration of problem solving experiences. The Department of Education encourages educators to provide such challenging mathematics opportunities to foster the growth of intelligent, thoughtful and mathematically literate members of society.


Curriculum and Instruction

There are documents available intended to assist districts in CCSS-based curriculum revision and development are available. In 2013, Connecticut renamed the CCSS as the Connecticut Core Standards (CCS). The CCS is the CCSS in its entirety with no changes.

CT Mathematics Unit Planning Organizers are designed to be a resource for developers of curriculum. The documents feature standards organized in units with key concepts and skills identified, and a suggested pacing guide for the unit. The standards for Mathematical Practice are an integral component of CT Standards (CCSS) and are evident highlighted accordingly in the units.

The information in the unit planning organizers can easily be placed into the curriculum model in used at the local level during the revision process. It is expected that local and/or regional curriculum development teams determine the "Big Ideas" and accompanying "Essential Questions" as they complete the units with critical vocabulary, suggested instructional strategies, activities and resources.

Note that all standards are important and are eligible for inclusion on the Smarter Balanced assessments. The Standards were written to emphasize correlations and connections within mathematics. The priority and supporting standard identification process emphasized that coherence. Standards were identified as priority or supporting based on the critical areas of focus described in the CT Standards, as well as the connections of the content within and across the K-12 domains and conceptual categories. In some instances, a standard identified as priority actually functions as a supporting standard in a particular unit. No stratification or omission of practice or content standards is suggested by the system of organization utilized in the units.

Design Unit Planning Organizer Documents


  • Smarter Balanced Assessment System - system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system—which includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use—will use computer adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed.

Math-Science Collaboration

  • Math-Science Partnership Program - The Math and Science Partnerships program is a formula grant program to the states. The program supports projects to improve math and science education through partnerships, which include, at a minimum, a high-need LEA and the mathematics, science, or engineering department of IHE.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) – Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The 2015-16 PAEMST competition is open to teachers working in Grades K-6.
Nominations, including self-nominations, are being accepted now through April 01, 2016. Completed applications are due May 01, 2016. Contact Charlene Tate Nichols with any questions.
2012 PAEMST State Awardee – Gr. K-6 Mathematics:
Maren Sussman, Center School, Ellington
2012 PAEMST State Awardee – Gr. K-6 Science:
Mary Servino, Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School, Bridgeport
2013 PAEMST State Finalist – Gr. 7-12 Mathematics:
Jacqueline Corricelli, Conard High School, West Hartford
2013 PAEMST State Finalists – Gr. 7-12 Science:
Joshua Steffenson, Glastonbury High School
2014 PAEMST State Finalists – Gr. K-6 Mathematics:
  • Douglas Kiss, Woodside Intermediate School, Cromwell
  • Nicole Gilson, Peck Place School, Orange
2014 PAEMST State Finalists – Gr. K-6 Science:
  • Liesl Fressola, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Public Schools
  • Kristen Senise, Spring Glen Elementary School, Hamden Public Schools
2015 PAEMST State Finalist – Gr. 7-12 Mathematics:
  • Donna Busa, The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet School, Hartford
  • Elizabeth Capasso, Jettie Tisdale School, Bridgeport
2015 PAEMST State Finalists – Gr. 7-12 Science:
  • Andrew Bramante, Greenwich High School
  • Richard Broggini, Smith Middle School, Glastonbury
  • Erin Lucia, New Milford High School
  • Valerie May, Woodstock Academy
Professional Organizations

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      Math Olympiads provides structure and competition for elementary and middle school mathematics clubs


Jennifer Michalek, Consultant


Phone: (860) 713-6557

Major Responsibilities:

    Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction

    Computer Science Education


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