Is your textbook aligned to the Common Core State
A free web-based tool recently came online to help you make
certain — and to reconcile any discrepancies.
Created by Michigan State University researcher William Schmidt
(who first appeared in these pages ... 17 years ago!), the
Textbook Navigator/Journal lets K-8 teachers find which parts
of their existing math textbooks cover a standard, and which
standards are addressed in specific textbook lessons.
Schmidt and his team developed the Textbook Navigator/Journal
(Nav/J) by analyzing 34 commonly used math textbook series
comprising 185 individual textbooks. None of them covered 100%
of on-grade standards; most skipped at least a quarter of the
math topics students are expected to learn. Some books spent as
much as two-thirds of the school year on standards from the
To see how Nav/J can help you re-sequence your existing
textbooks' lessons (or to determine which to skip all
together, and even identify several free, online sources of
curricula materials), watch the "how to" videos on
Then click the green "Agreement" icon toward the bottom of
Nav/J, and register by identifying your role, grade, and a few
For FAQs (such as how to use the mouse on a desktop computer
to scroll through the lists that Nav/J has optimized for
tablets running Chrome or Safari browsers), download this PDF:
Schmidt's textbook analysis project was supported by grants
from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Leona M. and
Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the GE Foundation's
commitment to college and career readiness.
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"The third method that was used by a number of students
was.... You can see examples of this from Sharon and Joseph.
Sharon figured out two possible ending times ..."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution
Last week, the nonprofit EdReports.org released its first
reviews of how well instructional materials align to the
CCSS — and they started with K-8 mathematics.
Click "Reports" at the top of EdReports.org's new site for
their free Consumer Reports-style reviews:
This PDF rounds up the alignment and usability of sixteen
series from nine different publishers, and condenses them onto
a single page:
EdReports.org is funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Samueli Foundation,
the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and the Stuart
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"Ignite @CAMathCouncil @themathforum — watch the full,
unedited video w/ @ddmeyer's intro & 2Truths&Lie commentary!
- Suzanne, tweeted to her followers
Global Math Challenge
For the first time in its 20+ year history, a math contest
originally developed by The Japan Prime Math Olympic Committee
will reach the virtual shores of the United States.
The Global Math Challenge (GMC) opens Sunday, 22 March. Sample
five of its olympiad-style puzzles, with explanations, by
downloading this PDF:
It costs nothing to solve these brain teasers online two
Sundays from now, or to receive your own scores. For a fee,
GMC's "Standard Plan" further provides step-by-step illustrated
explanations for all questions; personalized world ranking,
which shows your relative standing in your age group, country,
and region; and a breakdown of your strengths, weaknesses, and
technique, as demonstrated during the challenge's 60 minutes.
The GMC team has generously extended readers of the Math Forum
Internet News a discount of 20% off the Standard Plan. Just
enter the code MathForum37643798 after registration.
Presented by Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., GMC is
available in English, Japanese, and Chinese. The contest
receives support from The Japan Prime Math Olympic Committee,
The Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences,
and Beijing Gifted & Talented Education Technology Center.