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Common Core Shifts for Math

 1. Focus strongly where the Standards focus

Focus: The Standards call for a greater focus in mathematics. Rather than racing to cover topics in today’s mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, teachers use the power of the eraser and significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy is spent in the math classroom. They focus deeply on the major work* of each grade so that students can gain strong foundations: solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.

 2. Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics* within grades

Thinking across grades: The Standards are designed around coherent progressions from grade to grade. Principals and teachers carefully connect the learning across grades so that students can build new understanding onto foundations built in previous years. Teachers can begin to count on deep conceptual understanding of core content and build on it. Each standard is not a new event, but an extension of previous learning.

Linking to major topics: Instead of allowing additional or supporting topics to detract from the focus of the grade, these topics can serve the grade level focus. For example, instead of data displays as an end in themselves, they support grade-level word problems.

3. Rigor: in major topics* pursue: Conceptual understanding, Procedural skill and fluency, and Application with equal intensity.

Conceptual understanding: The Standards call for conceptual understanding of key concepts, such as place value and ratios. Teachers support students’ ability to access concepts form a number of perspectives so that students are able to see math as more than a set of mnemonics or discrete procedures.

Procedural skill and fluency: The Standards call for speed and accuracy in calculation. Teachers structure class time and/or homework time for students to practice core functions such as single-digit multiplication so that students have access to more complex concepts and procedures.

Application: The Standards call for students to sue math flexibly for applications. Teachers provide opportunities for students to apply math in context. Teachers in content areas outside of math, particularly science, ensure that students are using math to make meaning of and access content.

*Priorities in Support of Conceptual Understanding and Fluency
Grade K-2 - Addition and subtraction—concepts, skills, and problem solving
Grade 3-5 - Multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions-concepts skills, and problem solving
Grade 6 - Ratios and proportional relationships; early expressions and equations
Grade 7 - Ratios and proportional relationships; arithmetic of rational numbers 2
Grade 8 - Linear algebra

2014 Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

Announcing the 2014 KATM Conference

Raising The Standards Over The Rainbow:
We Are Not Just Common Folk

October 13, 2014
Hays, KS
Fort Hays State University

Keynote Speaker: Kim Sutton

2014 State Assessment Data
The Kansas State Board of Education approved the following recommendation regarding 2014 state assessments: “KSDE will not produce or report any individual-, building-, district- or state-level assessment scores for 2014 and CETE will move forward with providing score-free grade and subject-specific reports for students, parents and teachers on lessons learned including released items from the 2014 assessment and conduct focus groups with all audiences for reporting scores meaningfully in 2015.”

Congratulations to Lindsey Constance, Shawnee Science teacher and Cathy Wilber, Wamego Math teacher on receiving the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the State of Kansas! The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.

President Obama named the recipients yesterday. To see a complete article visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/20/president-obama-honors-outstanding-math-and-science-teachers.

New Information Page

In this section you will find NEW information in the field of mathematics. Just because the infomation is listed it does not necessarily mean that KSDE endorses the content. This is just a collection of math related information that is being accessed by educators across Kansas.

To access this page on our website hover over the Resources tab at the top of the page and select NEW Infomation in the Field of Mathematics.

2013-2014 Transitional Assessment Information
Information on the 2013-2014 Math Transitional Assessment can be found on our assessment page.
Contact Information


Melissa Fast
Math and Assessment Program Consultant 
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