Connecticut releases new math and financial literacy curricula

The rollout includes new math curricula for students in grades six through eight, as well as financial literacy curricula for students in grades six through twelfth.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The State of Connecticut introduces a new model of math and finance curriculum, created for middle and high school students.

This is the first phase of the state Department of Education’s rollout of new curricula, which includes math curricula for students in grades six through eight, as well as financial literacy curricula for students in grades six through twelfth.

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Course syllabi are available for educators on the state digital library, goopenct.org

For financial literacy programs, there are separate courses for middle and high school students. Units for middle school classes would include learning about money values, credit, achieving long-term financial goals, and investing. High school classes can expect to learn about retirement savings plans, taxes, marketing and advertising techniques to encourage spending, and the roles the FAFSA plays in applying for financial aid to college studies.

Middle school mathematics programs have been developed for grades six, seven and eight.

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Last year, Senate Bill 1202 was signed into law, which requires the state Department of Education to develop “age-appropriate and rigorous” curricula for students. from Connecticut.

This is the first time the department has created curricula to supplement existing local curricula available. The DoE collaborated with the State Education Resource Center, subject matter experts, district officials, educators, and other stakeholders.

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“Connecticut continues to be a leader in public education, and the accessibility and evidence-based nature of these programs is no exception,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “These programs will complement the incredible work already underway in our school districts and support student success.”

Connecticut is now one of 19 open source educational resource states in the country.

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