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Mathematics Guidelines

Information and guidelines for implementing and improving mathematics programs including content standards and framework, curriculum, materials, and mathematics-related legislation.

Content Standards and Framework

The knowledge, concepts, and skills students should acquire at either grade or course level are described in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (2010) (DOC), which were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE). Appendix A (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab. focuses on organizing the Standards for Mathematical Content into model pathways to college and career readiness. Furthermore, it lays out model courses for high school mathematics.

To align with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Assembly Bill 250 (Chapter 608, Statues of 2011) calls for the revision of the Mathematics Framework (2013). Frameworks are developed by the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), formerly known as the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission. The California State Board of Education adopted the Mathematics Framework on November 6, 2013. This revised Mathematics Framework supports the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. This version of the Mathematics Framework will remain posted while it is edited for publication. The executive summary of the Mathematics Framework highlights essential information and guidance in the Mathematics Framework and is intended to introduce the reader to the wealth of information and support for teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians it provides.

Information regarding A-G courses External link opens in new window or tab. can be found on the University of California (UC) Website. If a district is moving to an integrated pathway, UC Office of the President recommends that districts do NOT remove traditional courses that have been a-g approved UNTIL the new integrated courses have been approved for a-g status. The same is true for existing integrated mathematics courses – if districts are proposing revised integrated mathematics courses based on the CCSSM, they should not remove their existing integrated mathematics courses until the new ones have been a-g approved.


To align with Common Core State Standards, supplemental instructional materials were approved in 2013.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1246 (Chapter 668 of the Statues of 2012), signed on September 27, 2012 authorized the State Board of Education (SBE) to conduct a primary adoption of kindergarten through grade eight instructional materials in mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  The SBE adopted mathematics programs on January 15, 2014.


AB 484 (Bonilla): Pupil Assessments: Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP)
AB 484 External link opens in new window or tab. was signed into law on October 2, 2013. It establishes California’s new student assessment system, now known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

AB 1246 (Brownley): Instructional Materials
AB 1246 External link opens in new window or tab. authorizes the adoption of instructional materials for mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards by 2014 and provides districts flexibility in the selection of instructional materials.

Senate Bill (SB) 359 (Mitchell, Beall, and Hancock): California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015
SB 359 External link opens in new window or tab., known as the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015, requires the governing boards or bodies of local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve pupils entering grade nine and that have not already done so to adopt “a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy” before the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.  (LEAs are defined as county offices of education, school districts, state special schools, and charter schools.)  The mathematics placement policy must be adopted in a regularly scheduled public meeting. 

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Information also available through the sites of the California Department of Education at Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Materials.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 7, 2017