This year the Secaucus School District is using a new math program at the elementary level called GO Math! This program was carefully selected by a committee of teachers during the 2014-2015 school year. It offers an interactive approach that covers the NJ Common Core Standards and is engaging for the students. The program emphasizes understanding, computational fluency, and real life applications.
Our current standards require students to carry out more complex tasks, challenge their higher-order thinking skills, and demonstrate in-depth mastery of concepts. A major goal of the standards is to avoid teaching math concepts in isolation in order to help students make sense of math and make connections between skills and applications. The Standards do not only emphasize understanding of core concepts, but also the mathematical practices and fluency with computation skills. Rather than simply arriving at an answer through computation, students are now asked to explain their solutions and apply math in real world situations.
We hope you will recognize how effectively this program supports the Common Core Standards for Math as well as the Mathematical Practice Standards. Below you will find some information about the instructional model (what your child is doing in the classroom) as well as information about some of the important features of the program. At the bottom of the page we have compiled documents and resources that will assist you in helping your children at home. We will continue to update these files throughout the year. Please be sure to also visit our announcements page for updates.