The goal of Alabama’s K-12 mathematics standards is to prepare students for future opportunities and options in the workplace and for everyday life. This goal is accomplished through building mathematical foundations that enable all students to become college- and career-ready. The most basic level for building a mathematical foundation is for students to think and reason mathematically while building productive work habits. As students apply mathematical ways of thinking to real world challenges and practice communicating their understanding, they gain power as problem solvers and fluency in procedural skills. Through the implementation of the 2010 Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics, students will be well equipped for the workforce upon graduation or be ready to pursue higher levels of education in Alabama's colleges and universities.