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Common Core Intro to High School Math Teaching and Learning Resources

Common Core Math

Many states across the country have math standards based on the Common Core Math Standards.  As such, educators need teaching and learning resources that pair with the goals of the standards.  The good news is that CT4ME is a prime source from which to select resources.

Notes and General Resources

Strands: Each cluster below provides general resources for it and then domain specific resources.

Each domain includes technology investigations, multiple choice and constructed response exercises, and performance tasks.  The standards for mathematical practice, as they apply, are noted within many of those resources.

Notes and General Resources

Tools and Plug-Ins

Adobe Reader GifSome files in our collection are in pdf format.  If needed, download Adobe Acrobat Reader, free software for viewing and printing PDF files.

Wolfram CDF Player iconTo interact with virtual manipulatives included within the Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download the free Wolfram player.

Java GifYou might need to download Java, a free plug-in to interact with virtual manipulative applets.  Note: See Java's Help information on how to enable Java in your web browser, if an applet does not run after an installation.

Note: Newer versions of virtual manipulatives are written in HTML5.

Within our collection of resources are interactives from NCTM Illuminations.  Illuminations indicates that some of those run on older software, such as Flash* and Java.  If you access an interactive and the activity is not visible, see for possible solutions to use the activity.

*Note: Flash Player is at end of life, per Adobe's December 2020 announcement.  "Since, Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems."  See How to Play Flash Games After the "Death" of Adobe Flash (Byrd, 2021).  Per Matthew Byrd, preservation efforts include BlueMaxima's Flashpoint project.


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General Resources

Achieve the Core: The section for mathematics includes Common Core exemplar tasks and assessments with explanations and supporting resources, and Common Core aligned exemplar lessons and units with supporting resources.  There are also tools for planning, additional materials for understanding the math, and ready-to-use modules for professional development.

BetterLesson: Common Core lesson plans for math have been submitted by teachers.  This is a free resource.

Central Rivers Area Education Agency (Iowa) produced a Math Standards for High School document (2017), which lists the Common Core high-school math standards.  Each is followed by at least one problem example and a link to its solution (e.g., a task on Illustrative Mathematics).  As this is well organized, educators could use this file to easily-locate examples to use in class.  File contains 471 pages.

CK-12 Math Practice iconThe CK-12 Math offers teacher and student versions.  Students can master concepts through practice and using PLIX (play, learn, interact, explore).  Teachers can find a standards-aligned flexbook.  Math includes grades 1-5, Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic, Statistics, Probability, Measurement, Trigonometry, Analysis, and Calculus.  Videos, real world applications, and reading resources are included.

Common Core Book Bundle: Strategies for Common Core Mathematics: Implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice, 9-12

The Common Core Math Book Bundle: Strategies for Common Core Mathematics: Implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice, 9-12 (Strategies for the Common Core Mathematics) by Leslie Texas and Tammy Jones (2013) will benefit math educators.  It explains "each of the eight mathematical practices and gives high school educators specific instructional strategies that align with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."

Common Core High School Math Reference Sheet for algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2 will be helpful to learners, as it contains key measurement conversions and formulas.

Common Core Problem Based Learning Curriculum Maps for grades 3-8, integrated math for grades 9-11, algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2 are provided by emergent math.  Each unit of study has multiple problems and tasks mapped to the associated Common Core math standards.

Curriculum Inspirations from the Mathematics Association of America is "a collection of resources for Middle and High School Math Teachers that demonstrate practical ways to engage students in the lively exploration of mathematics and mathematical thinking using problems from America’s longest-running and most successful mathematics competition. Developed by James Tanton, these resources include Ten Problem Solving Strategy Essays and Curriculum Bursts."  The problem solving essays "relate specific AMC test questions to Common Core State Standards Problem Solving Strategies.  The Curriculum Bursts are "short essays, paired with a Curriculum Inspirations Video."  Problems are found within individual content standards for each of the Common Core high school and middle school math strands.  You'll find specific problem examples (pdf files) and related videos for each in strands: number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, statistics and probability, and for middle school standards.

Desmos Online Math Tools include Graphing, Scientific, Matrix, and Four Function calculators, and a Geometry Tool.  Desmos also includes tutorials for what you can do with Desmos and classroom activities.  Note: Desmos is included on over 30 state assessments.  Desmos developed a suite of "Test Mode" apps to "help students and teachers prepare for these assessments—and to support delivery of lower-stakes tests and quizzes in classrooms."  Users who desire an additional tutorial might read Desmos: A Definitive Guide on Graphing and Computing from Math Vault.

EngageNY Common Core Curriculum includes grades preK-8, and high school algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, precalculus and advanced topics.  The site includes the "Common Core Standards, curriculum and instructional resources, bilingual resources, performance tasks and assessment guidelines and materials."

HOT for CCSS: Inside Mathematics: Performance Assessment Tasks from The Dana Center, University of Texas, includes performance tasks for grades 2-8 and high school.  High school tasks are listed by strand.  Tasks are aligned to the CCSS math standards.

Khan Academy iconKhan Academy: Common Core aligned problems also feature step-by-step solutions and videos related to problems to support learning.  Problems focus on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and real-world application.

Math Planet includes four courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.  Each comes with multiple chapters divided into several lesson topics.  Under each lesson, you'll find theory, examples, and video lessons.

Math Warehouse has numerous animations, lessons, and interactive practice problems for algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

Math Worksheets Land features worksheets with guided lessons that include the alignment of each to the Common Core standards.  Worksheets are listed by topic and grade level.  High school includes number & quantity, functions, algebra, geometry, and statistics & probability.

Mathematics Vision Project imageMathematics Vision Project includes high school curriculum aligned to Common Core standards.  There are student texts and teacher editions for Secondary I, II, and III, algebra, geometry, and algebra II.  There are performance tasks and "ready-set-go assignments."  The series takes a multi-tasking approach to learning.  That is, each task addresses more than one standard and each standard is addressed in more than one task.  Tasks are sequenced using the Comprehensive Mathematics Instruction framework: develop understanding, solidify understanding, and practice understanding.

Mathispower4u by James Sousa contains a collection of over 6000 mini-lessons and videos organized by course and topic: number sense, arithmetic/prealgebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, math for liberal arts, trigonometry, calculus 1, calculus 2, calculus 3, linear algebra, differential equations.  The site also includes problem solving activities with video solutions.  Multiple Common Core topics are addressed in these.

HOT!: National Science Digital Library emphasizes STEM resources for K-12 and beyond.  You will find over 3000 resources related to the Common Core Math Standards and can refine your search by grade level, learning domain, and alignment.  In general, search options include by education level, resource type, subject, standards, and an advanced search option to further narrow what you are looking for.  Most are open educational resources.

PBS LearningMedia includes free media resources searchable by grade level, standards, media type, and subject. Resources include video and audio segments, interactives, images, documents, lesson plans, productivity tools for teachers, self-paced lessons,and student-oriented activities. You'll find media from NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners.  The mathematics section features K-8 mathematics strands, and high school number and quantity, algebra, geometry, functions, statistics and probability.  Highly recommended.

Symbolab Equation Calculator "allows users to search and solve equations, formulas and expressions using mathematical symbols and scientific notations as well as text. Symbolab solves math problems." It includes step-by-step calculators for pre-algebra, algebra, functions, geometry, statistics, trigonometry, matrices and vectors, pre-calculus, calculus, finance and conversion topics covered in middle school math through college.

TI Math includes multiple activities for using the TI-84 calculator with learners.  Activities are grouped by content area: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics.

Virtual Nerd iconVirtual Nerd is an online, self-guided video tutorial site for math.  There are over 1,500 video lessons covering grades 6-8 math, pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra 2, and Geometry.  You can also select Virtual Nerd videos based on alignments to Common Core standards.

See additional Common Core Content Resources on CT4ME within our math methodology curriculum resources.


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Vocabulary Building

CT4ME recommends that learners develop math vocabulary by creating their own vocabulary cards to include the word, its definition in their own words, examples and non-examples of the word, and characteristics and facts about the word, such as would be found using the Frayer Model.

Frayer Model
Definition Characteristics
Word or
Examples Non-Examples

Vocabulary for the Common Core by Marzano & SimmsVocabulary for the Common Core by Robert Marzano and Julie Simms (2013) will help educators to incorporate CCSS vocabulary into teaching and learning.  Among its goals is for readers to be able to make general academic and domain specific language from the CCSS relevant to students.

Granite School District in Salt Lake City, Utah, includes math vocabulary organized by grade level (K-8 and secondary including for the Common Core standards, and dual immersion) and resources for teaching vocabulary development.  Select the following for the secondary level, which match the Common Core:

  • Vocabulary Secondary A-L
  • Vocabulary Secondary M-Z features "terms and formulas from beginning algebra to calculus."  Terms include appropriate pictures, diagrams, tables, and examples and are indexed by subject area: numbers and symbols; sets, logic, proof; geometry, algebra, trigonometry, advanced algebra and precalculus, calculus, advanced topics, probability and statistics, real world applications.  Entries that feature multimedia are noted.

Partners for Learning: Common Core Math Academic Vocabulary Words for K-12 arranged by grade level and standard with the definition of each.  The pdf has over 120 pages.  You'll also find general grade level math words.

Stat Trek: Statistics and Probability Dictionary

Virginia Department of Education Mathematics Vocabulary Word Wall Cards for grades K-8, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2; and algebra, functions and data analysis.


Are your students ready for the Common Core math exams?

Question markYou can find out by using Benchmark Now!, a free online tool from Naiku for Grades 3-High School.  It is designed to help identify students' knowledge and skills with professionally developed assessments using questions from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Assess2Know® Benchmark Item Bank.  Questions in the item bank are aligned to Common Core State Standards.  There are beginning-of-year assessments help identify students’ readiness by domain and multiple interim assessments for each grade.  Domain specific assessments provide teachers insight into student performance by standard.

For testing in your state and sample test items, see our CT4ME section for Standardized Test Preparation.

Do you want to make parents more aware of the Common Core standards and how they can help their children?

The Council of the Great City Schools produced Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- Mathematics in 2012 and 2013 for grades K-8 and high school to help provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning. The publications also include three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.

ASCD Policy Points (2013, October) dispels rumors and myths surrounding the CCSS, so that parents, educators, policymakers, and the general public have a better understanding of what the standards are and are not.  Read Common Core State Standards--Myths and Facts.


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Consortia Testing Information


student at computer doing geometryNote: Membership in the PARCC and SBAC consortia has decreased since 2010.  Many states are working to develop their own summative assessments.  New Meridian assists states in this endeavor.


New Meridian took over management of PARCC's testing business in 2017.  Find released test items among its resources.  See: PARCC Agent Rolling Out Pool of Items for Custom State Assessments by Dian Schaffhauser, December 6, 2018.

Under its resource for Math Test Design, New Meridian includes test specifications, performance-level descriptors, evidence statements including calculator designations, and a Mathematics High Level Blueprint that "defines the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment, the item types, and the point values for each.  These are intended to help the "general public better understand the design of the state summative assessments."  New Meridian also includes a section on accessibility and how it is incorporating universal design and accessibility features and accommodations into assessments.

SBAC Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) includes summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use and will use computer adaptive testing to the greatest extent possible.  Assessments go beyond multiple choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.  See SBAC Practice and Training Tests.

Read about SBAC's Accessibility Resources and Accommodations that outline the kinds of testing supports and tools that are made available to all students, and particularly those with disabilities and English-language learners.

SBAC Testing Technology Information

Read about and test out SBAC's built-in calculators, powered by Desmos.


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Number and Quantity

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Domains: Click on a domain to find technology investigations, multiple choice and constructed response exercises, and performance tasks.



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Domains: Click on a domain to find technology investigations, multiple choice and constructed response exercises, and performance tasks.



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Domains: Click on a domain to find technology investigations, multiple choice and constructed response exercises, and performance tasks.



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Domains: Click on a domain to find technology investigations, multiple choice and constructed response exercises, and performance tasks.



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Statistics and Probability

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Domains: Click on a domain to find technology investigations, multiple choice and constructed response exercises, and performance tasks.



Maximize your opportunities to use technology in instruction.

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In Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (2012) reminded educators that:

"Digital testing requires digital learning. Students using technology to take high--stakes tests must have significant opportunities to develop and demonstrate master of tested knowledge, skills and abilities via substantially similar technology prior to being tested.  Teachers must be prepared to support this shift in instruction" (p. 1).

CT4ME has multiple resources to help with this endeavor.


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Common Core State Standards. (2010). Mathematics Standards. Washington, DC: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers.

State Educational Technology Directors Association. (2012). Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment


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