Spotlight on Math and the Common Core

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Math and the Common Core


The Education Week Spotlight on Math and the Common Core is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Guidance from standards writers on focus, coherence, and rigor in math
  • Helping at-risk students make the shift to the math standards
  • Early results from common-core assessments in math
  • Using educator-produced e-textbooks aligned to the standards
  • Moving away from step-by-step instructional models

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

A set of "publishers' criteria" for the common-core standards for high school and a revised set for elementary school are released.
April 16, 2013 - Education Week

Despite often lacking support and clear guidance, math educators are taking steps to refine their practice and adopt creative methods to help at-risk and struggling students make the shift to the new instructional paradigm.
March 13, 2013 - Teacher

Dissatisfied with what was available, Utah educators are producing high school math e-textbooks they aim to align with the standards.
September 25, 2012 - Education Week

Many teachers are broaching math topics at grades higher or lower than what the standards prescribe—and across more years than called for.
April 24, 2012 - Education Week

The common-core math standards offer an opportunity for teachers to move away from a step-by-step instructional model, writes Alison Crowley.
March 26, 2013 - Education Week


A new batch of results on end-of-course math tests taken by Georgia students appear to provide another illustration that as states prepare to start giving tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they may have to prepare for significantly lower proficiency rates and less-than-glowing headlines.
February 15, 2013 - State EdWatch
Rick Hess talks to Jazon Zimba, founding principal of Student Achievement Partners, and the person helping to lead common-core implementation.
February 11, 2013 - Rick Hess Straight Up

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