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:

  • Understanding how the math standards will shift when and how topics are introduced
  • Preparing students to engage in the eight “mathematical practices” featured in the standards
  • Reshaping instructional materials and the role of the “publishers’ criteria” for the common core in math
  • Using customized e-textbooks aligned to the standards
  • Developing effective tests to assess students’ math abilities

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The standards will change the grade levels at which some content is introduced, push aside other topics, and ask students to show their understanding.
April 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.
May 9, 2012 – Education Week

The document by the lead writers of the common core is being welcomed by the education community, with noted shortcomings.
August 8, 2012 – Education Week

Dissatisfied with what was available, Utah educators are producing high school math e-textbooks they aim to align with the standards.
September 26, 2012 – Education Week

With the Common Core State Standards hovering, a middle school math teacher discusses her efforts to help her students reason abstractly and approach problems more systematically.
December 31, 2012 – Teacher

It will take more than computer-based tests to truly assess students' math abilities, Hugh Burkhardt writes.
October 3, 2012 – Education Week

The common-core math standards could revolutionize instruction, but it will depend on the follow-through, writes William Schmidt.
July 18, 2012 – Education Week

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