The Montana Board of Education has approved and mandated the K-12 Math standards and respective benchmarks and divided them into three levels: K-4, 5-8, and upon graduation. Helena Schools determines specific critical competencies which align to these state standards and benchmarks. The local Board of Trustees is then charged with approving the Helena School District K-12 Math Curriculum.
The Math Curriculum is color-coded to align with the Montana Standards-Based Education Framework. HPS critical competencies are aligned with the state standards, benchmarks, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) broad focal areas. Each document includes critical content-specific vocabulary and assessment statements/specific examples which align to the HPS critical competencies. Coupled with each grade level and course document are “Teacher Resource Guides” that condense the information into a “teacher-friendly” document.