The core belief of the Braintree Mathematics Program is that all students, Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, can and will learn high quality mathematics. This is accomplished through a nurturing, caring learning environment that matches the students and the teacher's strengths.
Braintree Public Schools have received state and national recognition for its students' math successes.
- Mass Insight noted Braintree for its MCAS achievement success at all levels in all schools.
- UMASS Boston noted Braintree for its success at all levels in teaching math to special needs students.
- A National Science Foundation study by Michigan State and the University of Pennsylvania examined Braintree's math success.
- East Middle School received a Governor's Commendation for closing the math achievement gap with high risk students.
- A New York Times article highlighted Braintree's math successes.
- The Braintree mathematics curriculum follows the most current Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework.
- The current Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum follows the Common Core Mathematics standards.
Overviews of these standards are given below. Teachers are following these standards. They are developing math materials that match their students' needs. No single textbook series aligns with these standards and with all students' needs. For these reasons, the Braintree mathematics program does not officially sanction one particular textbook series. Teachers are given a variety of resources, pointed toward even more resources, and encouraged to create their own.
One great resource of math materials aligned to the Common Core is Engage New York. It is a totally free online textbook series, available to all, covering the math standards. Although not perfect, it gives interested parties a wealth of free, high quality math materials.
Standards for Mathematical Practice
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for an express regularity in repeated reasoning.
The Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework and the Common Core Mathematics Standards are both based on teachers and students using the standards for Math Practice.