Mathematics Curriculum

Includes content adapted from Great Minds: Eureka Math

The D97 math program centers on developing students’ conceptual understanding, their skills as problem solvers, and computational fluency. Through our partnership with the Metro Chicago Math Initiative, our teachers are deepening their understanding of best practices in math instruction and expanding their capacity to implement the math CCSS in their classrooms.The core K-5 math curricular resource is Eureka Math, which was chosen by the K-5 Math Curriculum Program Review committee because of its focus, coherence and alignment to the CCSS.

Eureka Math connects math to the real world in ways that take the fear out of math and build student confidence – while helping students achieve true understanding lesson by lesson and year after year. The team of teachers and mathematicians who wrote Eureka Math took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression from PK through Grade 12. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students already have learned and ensures that students are prepared for what comes next. It’s not enough for students to know the process for solving a problem; they need to understand why that process works so they can use it anytime. Teaching mathematics as a story, Eureka Math builds students’ knowledge logically and thoroughly to help them achieve deep understanding. While this approach is unfamiliar to those of us who grew up memorizing mathematical facts and formulas, it has been tested and proven to be a highly successful method. To see the Eureka Math Curriculum Overview, you may click here. You will be prompted to log in with your Great Minds account.

It is recommended that teachers use Zearn to support small group instruction and differentiation for individual students.

Middle School Math Course Placement

As students transition from elementary to middle school, they are placed into one of 3 middle school math courses. Placement criteria for D97 middle schools for the 2017-2018 school year is as follows:

Placement Recommendation

Majority of MAP Scores
from 2016-2017

D97 6th Grade Math Placement Test Composite Score

Math 6

< 85th percentile

Proficient in 5th grade math standards

Pre-Algebra 6

85 - 94th percentile

Proficient in some 6th grade math standards

Advanced Algebra 6

> 94th percentile

Proficient in 6th grade math standards