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Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics
Adopted by the State Board of Education on September 4, 2015

  • 2015 Mathematics Standards (vertical) (pdf)
  • 2015 Mathematics Standards (horizontal) (pdf)

Nebraska’s standards organized with three levels of specificity:

  • K-12 Comprehensive Statements – Identify broad, general statements that are not grade level specific and cover big ideas in mathematics. (Number, Algebra, Geometry, and Data)
  • Grade Level Expectations – Statements that identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of each identified grade/band. These are organized into categories, but not course specific.
  • Curricular Indicators – Specific information to distinguish expectations between grade levels. They are no longer simply examples but are considered an integral part of the standard to be taught.


A few highlights are:

  • Mathematical processes, located at the front of the document, were identified to enhance proficiency across all standards at any grade level.
  • The four broad strands (Number, Algebra, Geometry, and Data) remain the same.
  • Grades K-5 have an even stronger focus on building a solid foundation of number sense.
  • The standards were streamlined by removing the duplication from grade to grade.
  • The high school grade band has changed to Grades 9-11 and “Advanced Topics” appear at Grade 12. All students are expected to master the K-11 standards, and the NeSA Math assessment is given at the end of 11th grade.  Many colleges and universities require four years of high school mathematics for admission, and some of the content reflected in the Advanced Topics (Grade 12) standards may be recommended for particular majors in postsecondary education.  Therefore, students entering postsecondary education are encouraged to take additional math courses that will help them become college and career ready through the Advanced Topic standards.


Nebraska has historically been a local control state with no mandated curriculum or textbooks. The standards are not meant to be a curriculum. Rather, districts are expected to align their local curriculum to the Nebraska Standards to add more specificity. Nebraska’s draft standards are written using verbiage that describes the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at the various grade levels rather than using performance expectation language. Districts also have the choice to adopt their own standards only if they are more rigorous than the state standards.
The numbering system is as follows:

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Key Instructional Shifts for Quality Implementation CCR Standards



Math_English Language Proficiency Alignment:

Do Math: Family Math :

  • Take a closer look at the Family Math book available from your 21st CCLC afterschool program library. Experience activities from the resource using everyday materials. Several models of hosting a family math event were shared. Learn how to get the entire family involved in doing math together.
    • Materials needed: Paper clip, pencil or pen, print copy of handouts.
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Updated March 30, 2020 12:01pm