WELCOME to the Kansas State Department of Education Math Website!

If you are a math educator from Kansas, please register at the top right-hand corner of this page to apply for access to resource materials including: lesson plans, videos, blogs, wikis and forums on math education in Kansas.

KSDE has an email listserv available to math content educators across the state. If you would like to be added to this list please email Melissa Fast.

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

KSDE 2014 Summer Academies

Deep Dive into the Kansas College and Career Ready Standard–2014 Summer Academy.

The 2014 KSDE Summer Academy will focus on advancing instruction in the classroom using the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. The sessions will deepen understanding of the standards by engaging participants in active discussion and collaborative development of instructional units. Participants register for one option from a menu of professional learning sessions and take a three-day dive into maximizing student learning. All sessions are designed to model best practices of instruction and will engage the participants in reflecting on classroom instruction and improving student learning. On the third day of the Academy, we will be collaborating across content areas to develop instructional units that have students tackle big questions. By the end of each Academy, participants will return to their building with a renewed passion for teaching and collaboratively developed instructional resources. Additional information is located on the registration site.

Audience:  Classroom teachers, instructional coaches, school counselors, curriculum directors and administrators

Cost: $200 per person for the 3-day Academy.  Costs include the professional learning as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. 

Registration:  All of the information for the registration page is available at either of the following links:

1.    The event flyer (http://events.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=iCyfF52fojc%3d&tabid=704&mid=1690) or,

2.    The registration home page (http://events.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=704)

3.    For detailed descriptions of the math specific sessions please click hear.

Thanks your for your interest in Deep Diving into the KCCRS!

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards Event

Please join us for an interesting and informative evening about the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS). There will be sessions specifically for parents, teachers, and administrators, as well as a general session.

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
                 5620 SW 61ST STREET
                 TOPEKA, KANSAS 66619


Guest Speakers:

*Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Education Commissioner

*Carolyn Campbell, State Board of Education Member

*Stacey Bell, President-Elect of Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics

*Debbie Thompson & Melisa Hancock, State Standards Review Committee members.

and... Representatives from Professional Organizations, such as KNEA, KATM, NEKATM

For more information click the following link: KCCRS Flyer


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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