The mission of the Parkway School District is to reach and teach each student, all students, every day…together. This mission is supported by a strong and consistent commitment that all students meet high academic standards in preparation for problem solving in an increasingly changing world. In his book Mathematical Problem Solving, Alan Schoenfeld wrote,
In order to be effective problem solvers in the 21st century, students need to understand mathematics. Students must encounter problem situations that require reasoning, computation, and communication. We regularly study the most efficient methods for reaching solutions, but also realize that examining different solution methods helps develop more flexible problem solving skills. Our instruction and assessment is focused on instilling students with enduring understandings in mathematics. Mathematics education in the Parkway School District provides the core knowledge and skills to prepare each student for his or her role as a critical thinker.
In 2000, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics wrote the following in their Principles and Standards for School Mathematics:
In the short time since the release of this NCTM publication, technological achievements have increased even more rapidly. In order to prepare each student for his or her role as an effective problem solver in an increasingly changing world, the K-12 Mathematics Program provides instruction in five essential content strands: Number and Operations, Algebraic Relationships, Geometric and Spatial Relationships, Measurement, and Data and Probability. The mathematics curriculum is designed to enable students to be successful in college and in employment after leaving high school by helping them apply knowledge in different contexts, articulate their thinking, and efficiently use mathematical processes.
The K-12 mathematics curriculum draws on research and recommendations from major national and state documents as well as feedback from Parkway stakeholders.