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California's Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Organization and Structure

Standards for Mathematical Content

Time to Read

Refer to the chart as you read about how the Standards for Mathematical Content are organized.

Domain Conceptual Category
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HS
Counting and Cardinality   Ratio and Proportions Functions Algebra
Operations and Algebraic Thinking Expressions and Equations Functions
Number and Operations Base Ten The Number System Number and Quantity
  Number and Operations Fractions
Measurement and Data Statistics and Probability Statistics and Probability
Geometry Geometry

K–8 content standards are organized by grade level. The standards at each grade level are organized into Domains. These Domains represent the areas of focus for each grade level.

High school content standards are organized into Conceptual Categories. The Conceptual Categories each contain Domains. Select a Conceptual Category above to view the Domains. Modeling is also a Conceptual Category. The Modeling Conceptual Category is a collection of standards that are indicated by a (?) symbol throughout the other Conceptual Categories. Since modeling standards are embedded in the other Conceptual Categories, it does not appear in the chart above.

The Content Standards emphasize three shifts in mathematics:

  • Focus strongly where the Standards focus.
  • Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades.
  • Rigor: In major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.


Time to Reflect

Review the Common Core State Standards chart above. What are some implications for instruction based on this new structure?



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