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

Standards for Mathematical Practice

There are eight Standards for Mathematical Practice that apply to all grade levels and conceptual categories. These practices can be applied individually or together in mathematics lessons, in no particular order. Often two or more practice standards are present in well-designed lessons that are aligned to the mathematics content standards.

Time to Read

For an introduction to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, read the first three. Focus on how students will demonstrate proficiency. Then review the remaining practice standards, noting how they are inter-connected and inter-dependent.

Select the links below to view an explanation of each standard: 

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  4. Model with mathematics
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically
  6. Attend to precision
  7. Look for and make use of structure
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices and
Council of Chief State School Officers (2010)
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Time to Try

Choose one of the Standards for Mathematical Practice above. Describe how a student at your grade level or subject area would demonstrate proficiency in this standard. Please identify grade level or subject area.