Key Questions

  1. What do the evidence, the California Department of Education’s list, and EdReport’s reviews say about each set of materials?
  2. How could the identified strengths support your teachers’ understanding and implementation of standards-aligned materials?
  3. What steps would you and your team need to take to fill any identified gaps?
  4. Have you read the Publisher’s Criteria for Math to understand the key characteristics that materials should have, to meet the demands of the standards and the instructional shifts?
  5. Consider your current structures: are students in your high school(s) experiencing an integrated (Integrated I, II, III) or traditional (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) high school math program?
  6. How could adopting a comprehensive set of high school math materials support vertical coherence across the grades?


Materials should embody the Mathematics Common Core Standards Shifts: Focus, Coherence, and Rigor:

Focus*: Focus strongly where the Standards focus. Focus and Major work of the grade

Coherence: Think across grades and link to major topics within grades. Coherence in Mathematics

Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application. Instructional Approaches for Rigor in a Lesson

1Definitions from SAP

Support for English Language Learners drawn from Understanding Language’s –  Understanding Language/Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity at Stanford University.

Support sense-making: Scaffold tasks and amplify language so students can make their own meaning. To amplify language is to anticipate where EL learners may be challenged by the language and providing multiple ways to access content and terms.*

Optimize output: Strengthen the opportunities and supports for helping students to describe clearly their mathematical thinking to others, orally, visually, and in writing.*

Cultivate conversation: Strengthen the opportunities and supports for constructive mathematical conversations (pairs, groups, and whole class).

Maximize linguistic and cognitive meta-awareness: Strengthen the ”meta-” connections and distinctions between mathematical ideas, reasoning, and language.

Reference the Math Evaluation Curriculum Toolkit from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC), in collaboration with the Fresno County Office of Education.