Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Common Core Expectations Explained – Mathematics
As evidenced by the highlights above, the standards “were not so much assembled out of topics as woven out of progressions. Maintaining these progressions in the implementation of the standards will be important for helping all students learn mathematics at a higher level” (Publishers’ Criteria for the CCSS). Many educators teach in a way that is aligned to the construct of the standards–and did so even before the standards existed. However, most materials developed by publishers have not supported these efforts enough. We hope to change that. As Adam mentioned in his article last week, many of us at Curriculum Associates are former teachers, and our team is constantly striving to do what’s right–and what’s best–for students and teachers, and to make successful learning a better and more positive experience for everyone involved. That is why we continue to work so hard to understand both the major shifts and nuances to create materials that support students and teachers at every step in the process. We believe that the cohesive nature of the standards combined with the level of detail provided to help educators implement them with flexibility and fidelity has the potential to raise the bar for all of us–and enable teachers to educate all of our children better and at a higher level than we ever have before. For more information on the Common Core State Standards, please visit:http://www.corestandards.org/.
Kathy Kellman is Executive Editor of Mathematics at Curriculum Associates and has an extensive background in publishing and math education. Previously, she contributed toward development of an innovative Singapore Math program for a leading publisher. She has been a principal and curriculum coordinator for a middle school for girls from low-income families, and taught elementary, middle, and high school math and science for nearly a decade. This blog first appeared on EdWeek.