What the Arizona Mathematics Standards Are
The Arizona Mathematics Standards define the knowledge, understanding, and skills that need to be taught and learned so all students are ready to succeed in credit-bearing, college-entry courses and/or in the workplace. The Arizona Mathematics Standards are the foundation to guide the construction and evaluation of mathematics programs in Arizona K-12 schools and the broader Arizona community.
The Arizona Mathematics Standards are:
• Focused in coherent progressions across grades K-12
• Aligned with college and workforce expectations.
• Inclusive of rigorous content and applications of knowledge through higher-order thinking.
• Research and evidence based.
Arizona Mathematics Standards (Adopted December 2016)
*Read important updates to the standards documents (July 2017) Glossary Introduction
AzMERIT will be aligned to the new standards beginning with the spring 2019 exam.
Grades 6-8 and High School
Summary of Revisions & Planning Documents
Transition Support Resources
Content Emphasis Documents
Understanding in Mathematics
When a student understands a mathematical concept, they move fluidly between the concrete and abstract. There is evidence they are able to make sense of and justify mathematical connections. Evidence of understanding includes connections among:
- Verbal or written reasoning
Arizona Mathematics Standards by Grade Level (Approved 6.28.10)
*Read an important message about the 2010 standards by clicking here
The Arizona School Board of Education adopted new state standards in 2010 for mathematics for grades K-8 and the first three high school courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or Math 1,2,3) including specific standards that could be included in a 4th credit math course (Discrete Mathematics or standards with a + sign.) Arizona’s Mathematics standards set high expectations for all students to ensure that high school graduates are college and career ready. These standards represent three fundamental shifts: focus, coherence, and rigor.
- Focus: The standards are focused on fewer topics so that students have sufficient time to think, practice, and integrate new ideas into their growing knowledge structure.
- Coherence: Topics within a grade are connected to support focus, and learning is built on understandings from previous grades.
- Rigor: The standards set expectations for a balanced approach to pursuing conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application and modeling.