Third grade math concepts include developing an understanding of fractions, simple multiplication and division problems, finding the area of rectangles and analyzing shapes. Children develop an understanding of weight, size and patterns.
New standards in U.S. primary and secondary education, called the Common Core State Standards Initiative, were developed in 2010. Schools were encouraged to adopt the program with an incentive of being considered to receive federal grants. Common Core seeks to create educational standards and better prepare students for success in college and entering the workforce.
From kindergarten to fifth grade, children learn algebraic thinking, numbers and operations, measurement and geometry. This prepares them for higher problem solving skills needed for equations, more advanced geometry, statistics and probability.
These standards have been adapted from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the world’s largest organization dedicated to mathematics education. Their vision is to ensure all students have access to the best mathematics teaching and learning environments.
The Common Core is a state-led effort and not part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The Common Core is a set of principles, and it is not mandatory for states to adopt the standard. However, due to both No Child Left Behind and Common Core, the accountability of schools and teachers has increased.