19 Exemplar CCSS-M Resources
After sifting through nearly 400 websites, researchers from the
American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Education
Development Center (EDC) have highlighted thirteen of the best
collections of math lessons, units, and assessments for the
Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
"Quality Online Resources and Supports for Educators Teaching
the CCSS," which came out late last week, shines a light on
another six sites for their value in supporting math teachers'
understanding of the CCSS.
AIR and EDC selected these great, free online resources — most
of which have also appeared in this newsletter — by placing a
special emphasis on explicitness, coherence, and easy
navigation of the CCSS structure.
To get this free report, funded through the U.S. Department of
Education's Regional Education Lab (REL) Northeast & Islands,
download this PDF:
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"What made this fun was that there turned out to be so many
different ways of solving it. There are at least six different
approaches, all of which are excellent, and most of which I
didn't think of. Some of them make the problem a lot easier
than I thought, especially...."
- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution
Teaching the Core Video Library
So, what does a lesson aligned to the CCSS look like? What does
it sound like in actual practice?
A new video library launched Tuesday with free examples of
strong, bell-to-bell lessons videotaped in real schools:
Starring teachers hand-selected by their districts for
classroom excellence, each clip in the Teaching the Core Video
Library comes with descriptive annotations from educators that
lesson elements that support CCSS learning
Every video from Teaching the Core also includes the materials
used in the lesson, examples of student work, and short teacher
interviews about the lesson.
A project of the non-profit Student Achievement Partners,
Teaching the Core Video Library received support from the
Danielson Group and funding from The Leona M. and Harry B.
Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"I am concerned that the lack of a flappy or angry bird hook
may make it a bit dull. Please advise."
- Mark, posted to the Math Tools software developers discussion
A Critique of a CCSS-M Test
Millions of students in 17 states will take a CCSS-M test over
the coming weeks. One math education veteran has reviewed some
of the questions they will face — and has deemed them
Analyzing ten questions across four different grades from
practice and training tests, Key Curriculum Press co-founder
and publisher Steven Rasmussen picks apart the assessment's
wording, graphical representations, user interface, and more.
He then warns that the results of this testing will confuse the
national debate about the CCSS; asks "What Can We Do?" — and
offers several answers.
Rasmussen has served as principal investigator on six National
Science Foundation (NSF) projects. To read his full
report — complete with footnotes and a discussion of one tenth
grade question from the perspective of calculus — download
this free PDF:
For an online summary and opportunity to comment, visit