Mrs. Elizabeth Kissel

Carmel Middle School

Carmel Clay Schools

300 S. Guilford Road (Map It!)

Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 846-7331 ext. 6448

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The state of Indiana will transition from the previously used Indiana State Standards to the Common Core Standards in 2014.  In an effort to proactively address the upcoming changes in curriculum, Carmel Clay Schools began implementing the Common Core Standards during the 2011-2012 school year and will continue to do so as a means of preparing our students for the upcoming transition.  The mathematics curriculum in Carmel Clay Schools has been designed to address the current Indiana State Standards, the Common Core Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  A brief explanation of these standards is provided below.

Indiana Common Core State Standards

Below is a brief overview as provided by the Indiana Department of Education:


..."To ensure all students have every opportunity to succeed, Indiana adopted the Common Core State Standards in the area of Mathematics, as well as English Language Arts and LIteracy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects."

 Common Core State Standards Philosophy:

The Common Core State Standards:

  • are aligned with college and work expectations.
  • include rigorous content andapplication of knowledge through high-order skills
  • build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards
  • are internationally benchmarked
  • are evidence and/or research based


The Common Core State Standards will:

  • help prepare all students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers.
  • assist students who move between states.
  • create the opportunity for America to compete for high-wage, high-skill jobs in a knowledge-based economy.
  • allow for more focued pre-service education and professional development.
  • create economies of scale around areas such as curriculum, instructions resources, and assessment.


Standards for Mathematical Practice

Mathematical Practices:

  1. Make sense of prolems and persever 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.