The West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics are designed to prepare students for a wide range of high-quality post-secondary opportunities by challenging them to develop mathematical proficiency and address skills essential for college- and career-readiness in a twenty-first-century, globally competitive society.

As our world become increasingly complex, mathematics’ role has grown significantly. Whether students choose to continue their education or to begin a career directly after high school, knowledge of mathematics is essential to their success. In the last century mathematics has been successfully applied to many other areas of our world: voting trends in politics, the dating of ancient artifacts, the analysis of automobile traffic patterns, and long-term strategies for the sustainable harvest of deciduous forests, to mention a few. Today, mathematics as a mode of thought and expression is more valuable than ever before.