Getting to Know the EFF Standard Use Math to Solve Problems and Communicate

The EFF Standard Use Math to Solve Problems and Communicate defines one of 16 content areas that make up the EFF Content Framework. Go to Standards for a complete list of the standards. The definition of the Use Math to Solve Problems and Communicate Standard is:

In order to fulfill responsibilities as parents/family members, citizens/community members and workers, adults need to be able to:

  • Understand, interpret, and work with pictures, numbers, and symbolic information.
  • Apply knowledge of mathematical concepts and procedures to figure out how to answer a question, solve a problem, make a prediction, or carry out a task that has a mathematical dimension.
  • Define and select data to be used in solving the problem.
  • Determine the degree of precision required by the situation.
  • Solve problem using appropriate quantitative procedures and verify that the results are reasonable.
  • Communicate results using a variety of mathematical representations, including graphs, charts, tables, and algebraic models.

This definition was developed as part of an intensive multi-year research and development process that included input from teachers throughout the U.S. as well as content area specialists. More information about the history of this development process can be found in the EFF Assessment Resource Collection.

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