**Math Topics**- Common Core
- Initiatives
- Methodology
- Resources
- Projects
- Manipulatives
- Software
**Learning Support**- Standardized Test Prep
- Technology Integration
- Assisting Readers
**Professionalism**- Associations
- Journals
- News
- Professional Development
- Education Standards
- Education Research
- CT4ME Publications

This section on Math Initiatives will link you to projects around the country that seek to improve mathematics instruction by addressing standards and technology issues.

Initiatives, including for the Common Core State Standards

On February 6, 2003, the U.S. Department of Education
launched its new **Mathematics and Science Initiative**,
whose goals include to develop a major academic research base of what
boosts student learning in mathematics and science, further engage the
public, and enhance teacher knowledge. Papers and Power Point
presentations are available at
http://www.ed.gov/inits/mathscience/summit.html
Of particular interest were presentations by W. Schmidt of Michigan
State University, and G. Whitehurst, then Director of Institute of
Education Sciences:

- Schmidt discussed the need for a coherent mathematics curriculum and pointed out the lack of consistency among U.S. states regarding when and how many concepts are introduced at grade levels in the U.S. Readers will be interested in his Power Point slide #3 which shows a "Coherent Curriculum in A+ Countries" for mathematics (excellent visual listing mathematics curriculum strands and when concepts are introduced) and then slides 4 and 5 regarding the varied introduction of concepts in different states.
- Whitehurst presented research on the effectiveness of practices and policies in mathematics education with respect to tracking, assessment, structured peer feedback, the Math Wars (constructivist approaches to learning mathematics vs. traditional direct instruction), the role of conceptual understanding, effectiveness of constructivist curricula vs. skills-based curricula, and alignment of the components of policy and practice. Readers short on time should at least read his summary, "Putting It all Together." There is an extensive reference list on research in mathematics education, which was used to prepare the presentation.

In *A Coherent Curriculum: The Case for Mathematics*, William Schmidt,
Richard Houang, and Leland Cogan (2002) "define content standards and
curricula to be coherent if they are articulated over time as a sequence
of topics and performances that are logical and reflect, where
appropriate, the sequential and hierarchical nature of the disciplinary
content from which the subject matter derives" (p. 9). In looking at
the A+ composite for mathematics by topic and grade, data suggests three
tiers (p. 6):

- Grades 1-4 includes emphasis on arithmetic, including common and decimal fractions, rounding, and estimation;
- Grades 5-6 are transitional, with continued emphasis on a few arithmetic topics, but also an introduction to topics such as percentages, negative numbers, integers and their properties, proportional concepts and problems, two-dimensional coordinate geometry, and geometric transformations;
- Grades 7-8 consists of topics such as number theory (including primes and factorization, exponents, roots, radicals, orders of magnitude, and rational numbers and their properties), algebra (including functions and slope), and geometry (including congruence and similarity, and 3-dimensional geometry).
- Continuity across all three tiers is provided by such continuing topics as measurement units (grades 1-7), and equations and formulas (grades 3-8).

**HOT:
September 12, 2006**: In response to the call for a more coherent
curriculum, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
released
*Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8
Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence* (NCTM, 2006a). In
its press release on September 12, 2006, NCTM indicated that
this document identifies three important topics for mathematics
at each grade level preK-8 and presents "a vision for the design
of the next generation of state curriculum standards and state
tests" (NCTM, 2006b, para. 3).

**HOT: March 13, 2008**: The National Mathematics Advisory
Panel, created by President George W. Bush in April 2006,
released the results of its study to the President and U.S.
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings on the best use of
scientifically based research to advance the teaching and
learning of mathematics. The report,
Foundations for Success: Report of the National Mathematics
Advisory Panel, contains 45 findings and recommendations for
improving mathematics achievement for all U.S. students.
Its numerous topics include curricular content, learning
processes, teachers and teacher education, instructional
practices, instructional materials, assessments, and research
policies and mechanisms.

Of particular relevance was the development of a list of major topics in school algebra (see p. 16) and the critical foundations in K-8 math education for algebra: whole numbers, fractions (including decimals, percents, and negative fractions), and aspects of geometry and measurement (see p. 17). "School algebra is a term chosen to encompass the full body of algebraic material that the Panel expects to be covered through high school, regardless of its organization into courses and levels. The Panel expects students to be able to proceed successfully at least through the content of Algebra II" (Executive Summary, p. xvii).

**HOT: June 1, 2009**:
Common Core State Standards Initiative: In its June 1
press release, the
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council
of Chief State School Officers (2009) announced that 49 states
and territories joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
This initiative is "a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in
English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. These standards
will be research and evidence-based, internationally benchmarked,
aligned with college and work expectations and include rigorous content
and skills" (para. 3). For updates and additional news on these
standards, see
http://www.corestandards.org/

**HOT: October 6, 2009**:
As a follow-up to its 2006 Curriculum Focal Points, NCTM released*
Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and
Sense Making*, a "conceptual framework to guide the development of future
publications and tools related to 9–12 mathematics curriculum and instruction."
It highlights reasoning opportunities in numbers and measurements, algebraic
symbols, functions, geometry, statistics and probability (NCTM,
2009a). In its press release NCTM stated that this book "suggests practical changes
to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense
making. This shift is not a minor refinement but constitutes a substantial rethinking of the
high school math curriculum" (NCTM, 2009b, para. 1). Reasoning habits
are organized into four broad categories: analyzing a problem, implementing a
strategy, seeking and using connections, and reflecting on a solution (NCTM,
2009a, FAQs, p. 4).

**HOT: June 2, 2010**:
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the final form
for a set of state-led education standards for
K-12 English-language arts and mathematics, the Common Core
State Standards. Read the key points for mathematics at
http://www.corestandards.org/resources/key-points-in-mathematics
and the full set of standards for mathematics at
http://www.corestandards.org/Math.

See ASCD's interactive map showing the Common Core Standards Adoption by State.

**HOT: September 7, 2011**: The
Mathematics
Common Core Coalition was formed to "ensure the successful
communication, interpretation, implementation, and assessment of the
Common Core State Standards" (Mission statement section). There
are eight member organizations providing their expertise and advise on
issues.

**HOT: November 9, 2011**: The
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
(PARCC) released its October 2011
Model
Content Frameworks for Mathematics, Grades 3-11 to the public.

**HOT: May 2012**:
From an announcement by Achieve.org,
Common Core Math Standards Implementation Can Lead to Improved Student
Achievement, we learn that "Dr. William Schmidt released key
conclusions from his research detailing how the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS) for mathematics can potentially improve the performance
of U.S. students if implemented appropriately" (para. 1). Dr. Schmidt's work
was entitled: *Common Core State Standards Math: The Relationship
Between High Standards, Systemic Implementation and Student Achievement*.
"Unlike previous research, Schmidt analyzed the link between states with
standards that were similar to the CCSS and their NAEP [National
Assessment of Educational Progress] math scores. He used cut scores
aligned to NAEP as a proxy to determine if states were serious about
high expectations and implementation of standards. The preliminary
results showed states with standards in line with CCSS combined with
higher cut scores also had higher NAEP scores" (para. 7). A
PowerPoint
Presentation and video are available related to this research.

Read The Promise of the Common Core by Al Cuoco (2014, January 15) at the Habits of Mind Blog from the Education Development Center's Mathematical Practice Institute.

Achieve is an advocate for *Math Works*: "*Math
Works* materials—ranging from fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations,
brochures and others—are resources for policymakers, advocates, educators,
parents and students alike that highlight the connection between higher-level
mathematics course-taking and college access and success, workplace and career
readiness, and personal and U.S. competitiveness" (About Math Works section).

In other work of Achieve, "To help states work toward the rigorous high school math goals set forth by the American Diploma Project, Achieve has created a set of expectations that comprise the mathematical skills and knowledge that students will need to learn from kindergarten through 8th grade." Foundations for Success, published in 2002, contains math expectations for the end of grade 8, which incorporates fundamentals that students are learning in top-performing countries. It contains illustrative problems and sample solutions that focus on concepts, which are difficult to teach and need clarification. Foundations for Success also notes topics for grades 1-5, and 9-11 in the appendices.

Achieve's American Diploma Project Assessment Consortium has posted practice tests and released test items from the recent end of course exams for Algebra I and Algebra II, respectively. Achieve also has documents to help states, districts, and others to understand and then implement the Common Core State Standards.

Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative is the Alabama Department of
Education’s initiative that began in 2002 to improve math and science teaching statewide.
Math is listed by K-8 grade level, and for algebra, geometry, and advanced math.
Read the results: *
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology
Initiative*, released February 2012. The study was conducted by the
Institute of Education Sciences Regional Education Laboratory Southwest and
focused on grades 4-8.

California Free Digital Textbook Initiative provides a list of open-source books approved for use in California. There are several publishers. Among math texts meeting California standards are algebra II, calculus, trigonometry, and geometry.

Common Core State Standards Initiative, as described at the web site, "is a joint effort by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with Achieve, ACT and the College Board. Governors and state commissioners of education from across the country committed to joining a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12." These standards are research and evidence-based, internationally benchmarked, aligned with college and work expectations and include rigorous content and skills. Read the full set of standards for K-12 mathematics at http://www.corestandards.org/Math, which were released in their final form on June 2, 2010. Educators might also appreciate the Common Core Toolkit, which includes resources for implementing the standards and a Common Core Video Series posted at EngageNY.org. Also see: Education Northwest Common Core State Standards Mathematics Resources.

EdReports.org is an independent, non-profit launched in winter 2014. Its goal is to provide " free web-based reviews of instructional materials series focusing on alignment to the Common Core and other indicators of high quality as recommended by educators, including usability, teacher support and differentiation. These Consumer Reports-style reviews will highlight those instructional materials that are aligned to the higher standards states have adopted so that teachers, principals and district and state officials charged with purchasing materials can make more informed choices" (Website description section).

Idaho Math Initiative from the Idaho Department of Education "will focus on improving math education in all grades to ensure every student is prepared for higher levels of math in the middle grades, high school, post-secondary, and work-force setting." The Idaho Math Initiative will offer professional development for teachers, assessment tools for all grades and research-based intervention programs for students.

Illustrative Mathematics Project is a work in progress to produce illustrative tasks of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Sections address illustrations for the K-8 and High School standards. The project is an initiative of the Institute for Mathematics & Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

IMAGES: Improving Measurement and Geometry in Elementary Schools is an initiative of the Pennsylvania State Team of the Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education at Research for Better Schools. You'll information and resources that are designed to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of geometry and measurement concepts and to assist in designing meaningful instruction for elementary students.

K-12 OER Collaborative is creating comprehensive, high-quality, open educational resources (OER) supporting Mathematics and English Language Arts aligned with state standards. "This project is a state-led collaborative, with support provided by many of the leading non-profits in OER and education" (FAQ section).

Mathematics Common Core Coalition was formed to "ensure the successful communication, interpretation, implementation, and assessment of the Common Core State Standards" (Mission statement section). There are eight member organizations providing their expertise and advise on issues.

National Math and Science Initiative: This initiative's mission is to improve student performance in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It also includes Uteach (http://www.uteach.utexas.edu/) to recruit and prepare more math, science and computer science majors for careers in secondary teaching and Advanced Placement (AP) Strategies (http://www.apstrategies.org/). You'll find free lessons and Common Core Open Resources within its Resource section.

**National Science Foundation Standards-based Curriculum
Projects** are located at four centers:

The K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Center: http://www2.edc.org/mcc/ has summarized 12 NSF-sponsored curricula approaches to standards-based mathematics instruction, updated in an eighth edition in September, 2005 (See Curriculum Summaries). The 12 curricula are listed below.

The ARC Center: http://www.comap.com/elementary/projects/arc/ is a collaboration between the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) and the three National Science Foundation supported elementary mathematics curriculum projects:

Investigations in Number, Data, and Space (K-5): http://investigations.terc.edu/

Everyday Mathematics (preK-6): Developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics project, this curriculum is available from McGraw-Hill: http://everydaymath.com/

Math Trailblazers (K-5): http://www.kendallhunt.com/program.aspx?id=3722&libID=3743

The Show-Me Center: http://showmecenter.missouri.edu/ supports standards-based middle grades mathematics curricula, including:

Connected Math (6-8) see Michigan State University: http://connectedmath.msu.edu/

Math in Context (5-8) http://mathincontext.eb.com/ is aligned to Common Core standards.

MathScape (6-8) see http://www2.edc.org/mathscape/

MathThematics (6-8) You can find the series of books and related materials at http://www.classzone.com/cz/index.htm

COMPASS (Curricular Options in Mathematics Programs for all Secondary Students): http://fuse.ithaca.edu/compass-points-8484/ and its satellite sites provides information and assistance for implementation of five secondary curriculum projects that support NCTM standards:

Mathematics: Modeling Our World, Application Reform in Secondary Education (ARISE) (9-12): http://www.comap.com/highschool/projects/arise.html

Contemporary Mathematics in Context, Core-Plus Mathematics Project (CPMP) (9-12): http://www.wmich.edu/cpmp/index.html

Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) (9-12): http://www.iat.com/courses/mathematics/

MATH Connections: A Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum, MATHConx, LLC (9-11): http://www.iat.com/courses/mathematics/

Integrated Mathematics: A Modeling Approach Using Technology: Systemic Initiative for Montana Mathematics and Science Project (SIMMS) (9-12), Description is at http://www2.edc.org/mcc/PDF/perspsimms.pdf

**SIMMS Integrated Mathematics**curriculum is a complete NCTM Standards-based mathematics curriculum for all students which incorporates a modeling approach using technology and involves real world contexts. The SIMMS Project from the University of Montana at Bozeman has been discussed in NCTM's Mathematics Teacher and ENC's Focus Magazine, and is one of the NSF funded projects.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working to develop assessments associated with the Common Core State Standards.

Project 2061 is the long-term initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to reform K-12 science, mathematics, and technology education nationwide. School districts will be most interested in the evaluation of middle school mathematics and science textbooks from leading publishers, which is available online. The analysis is based on project standards and reveals the best texts for learning mathematics. Read Benchmarks Online and associated research, and Blueprints for Reform, an examination of 12 aspects of a K-12 system. These aspects are grouped into three parts: Foundation, School Context, and Support Structure. Join the dialogue.

Rational Number Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, "advocates teaching fractions using a model that emphasizes multiple representations and connections among different representations" (January 2010 information, para. 1). You'll find multiple lessons for teaching fractions for middle grades.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a state-led consortium working to develop assessments associated with the Common Core State Standards.

Success for All Foundation (SFAF) is a comprehensive school restructuring program for elementary schools in reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies. It's mission is to raise achievement of students in those areas. The curriculum can be found in about 1800 elementary schools in 48 states. A middle school pilot project is also underway.

STEMconnector.org promotes itself as a "one-stop shop for who's doing what in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math." It is a "nationwide collaboration of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research & policy organizations, and academic institutions concerned about the plight of STEM education in the United States" (About section). You'll also find state information, STEM projects and competitions, sections devoted to diversity, women/girls, national labs, and much more.

TERC is a not-for-profit education research and development organization in Cambridge (MA), whose mission is to improve mathematics, science, and technology teaching and learning. Work includes "research, curriculum and technology development, and implementation support in the form of professional development and assistance to districts and schools."

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth's James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education has an ongoing math initiative called SimCalc MathWorlds for TI-graphing calculators, computers, and the TI-Navigator. The center also researches foundational issues in math education.

**Check Out Your Own State
Initiatives**

There are numerous initiatives around the country in mathematics, STEM, and technology integration.

See what's happening in your state. eClassroom News published An ed-tech initiative from each state (2013, September 13).

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2006a).
*Curriculum focal points for prekindergarten through grade 8 mathematics:
A quest for coherence*. Reston, VA: Author. Retrieved from
http://www.nctm.org/store/Products/Curriculum-Focal-Points-for-Prekindergarten-through-Grade-8-Mathematics-A-Quest-for-Coherence/

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2006b,
September 12). *NCTM Releases Curriculum Focal Points to Focus Math
Curricula*. Reston, VA: NCTM News Release. Retrieved from
http://www.nctm.org/News-and-Calendar/News/NCTM-News-Releases/NCTM-Releases-Curriculum-Focal-Points-to-Focus-Math-Curricula/

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2009a). *Focus in High School
Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making*. Reston, VA:
Author. Retrieved from
http://www.nctm.org/store/Products/Focus-in-High-School-Mathematics--Reasoning-and-Sense-Making/

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2009b,
October 6). *NCTM Releases new landmark publication: Focus in
High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making*. Reston,
VA: NCTM News Release. Retrieved from
http://www.nctm.org/news/content.aspx?id=23876

National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers (2009, June 1). *Forty-nine states and
territories join common core state standards
initiative.* Washington, DC: NGA Press Release.
Retrieved from
http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2009/col2-content/main-content-list/title_forty-nine-states-and-territories-join-common-core-standards-initiative.html

National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2008). *Foundations
for success: The final report of the National Mathematics Advisory
Panel*. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
Retrieved from
http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/index.html

Schmidt, W., Houang, R., & Cogan, L. (2002, Summer). A
coherent curriculum: The case for mathematics. *American Educator*,
1-17. Retrieved from
http://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/periodicals/curriculum.pdf