Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia

DPS Math

Dalton Public Schools has a robust mathematics framework, which considers each child and teacher a learner, designer and leader. This framework, built from a growth mindset, embodies our paramount mathematics belief that states, “All children can learn math at the highest levels.”

Goal setting is pivotal work for our students and teachers in the area of Mathematics. This requires our learning organization to be both intentional and effective about all of our resources—staff, time, space and expenditures. Every classroom from PreK-12th grade has a plethora of hands-on and digital resources where authentic learning comes to life. Through performance-based tasks, exemplars and inquiry, children in Dalton Public Schools are provided customized learning opportunities that are student-focused, data-driven and standards-based. Our resources actively develop the Standards for Mathematical Practice in our students while expanding teacher expertise. Our administrators and teachers recognize and correct misconceptions through student interviews, work protocols and progress monitoring. Growth and achievement of our students and staff are why we have invested long-term in our learning organization.

We consider our work in the area of Mathematics a delight. Our desire for each child is that they make great strides forward and that the impact is visible. Please take time to view our video clips to learn more about our cohesive and pervasive approach to mathematics.


Contact Us!

If you would like more information about Mathematics in Dalton Public Schools, please contact

Leslie Terry and/or Brandi Moore

DPS Math Beliefs

  • Everyone can successfully understand math at higher levels.
  • Numeracy rich communities are necessary.
  • Math is about connections, communicating and exploring.
  • Depth is more important than speed in math.
  • Math is about understanding, not performing.
  • In Math, learning from mistakes is valuable and takes perseverance.
  • Questions about why and how are really important in math.
  • Math is about engaging in creativity and making sense.

(Setting Up Positive Norms in Math Class, Boaler 2015)

Fluency Grade Level Expectation – Georgia Standards of Excellence

Building Fluency One Grade Level at a Time

Fluency: Attaining the goal of developing number sense, becoming mathematically confident because one understands numbers. It is not speed and accuracy.


Grade LevelCount, write and represent
numbers through...
Fluently automatized strategies
for facts through...
Fluent through the use of strategies
based on place value and number
Building fluency using concrete models, representational models,
and strategies based on place value;
relate the strategy to a written method

KRepresent and write to 20
Count to 100 (by 1 and 10)
Add/subtract through 5Add/subtract through 10
1st120Add/subtract through 10Add/subtract through 20Add/subract through 100
2nd1,000Add/subtract through 20Add/subtract through 100Add/subract through 1,000
3rd1,000Add/subtract through 100
Multiply/Divide through 100
Add/subtract through 1,000
4th1,000,000Add/subtract multi-digit whole numbers
using the standard algorithm
Multiply up to a 4-digit by 1-digit or 2-digit by 2-digit
Divide up to 4-digit dividends by 1-digit divisors
5thNumbers through the hundredths (233.67)Multiply multi-digit whole numbers using
the standard algorithm
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths
6thAny Place ValueFluently divide multi-digit whole numbers
using the standard algorithm

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