Effective Mathematics Standards Implementation

Implementation of the 2017 Kansas Mathematics Standards is complex and requires many components to be effective in developing mathematics learning for all students. The Instructional Core, by Richard Elmore provides the framework for how to intervene in the instructional process in order to best improve student learning and achievement. Ultimately, the effective implementation of the mathematics standards is demonstrated in improved student learning and achievement, made possible through this framework.

Elmore poses seven principles for improvement of student learning. In principle one, the instructional core, he argues there are only three ways to improve student learning at scale:

  1. You can raise the level of the content that students are taught. (Content Standards and Curriculum)
  2. You can increase the skill and knowledge that teachers bring to the teaching of that content. (Content Knowledge and Pedagogy)
  3. And you can increase the level of students’ active learning of the content. (Expectations and Engagement)

 

In its simplest terms, the instructional core is composed of the teacher and the student in the presence of content. It is the relationship between the teacher, the student, and the content – not the qualities of any one of them by themselves – that determines the nature of instructional practice, and each corner has its own particular role and resources to bring to the instructional process. Because of this mutually dependent relationship it is impossible to fully implement the 2017 Kansas Mathematics Standards without also examining the role of the teacher and student in this process.

Effective Mathematics Standards Implementation Process Guide
The Effective Kansas Mathematics Standards Implementation Process Guide contains a process to help districts through an effective mathematics standards implementation. A framework for how to intervene in the instructional process in order to best improve student learning and achievement is provided. The process guide also provides the essential components needed in order to have a strong mathematics program. Districts should always look for ways to better meet the needs of their students and propel them into becoming successful in any academic career or professional path that they choose. All of the components mentioned in this document are necessary to achieve an effective school mathematics program. This resource outlines questions a school should ask themselves as they reflect on the effectiveness of their math program and where they are in their implementation of the 2017 Mathematics Standards. These questions are linked to the framework provided to help provide further clarity to the process. Links to Kansas resources are provided to help a district grow in these areas and ultimately develop a math program that promises success in mathematics for every student.
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Effective Kansas Mathematics Standards Implementation Process GuideUpdated 12-3-19The Effective Kansas Mathematics Standards Implementation Process Guide contains a process to help districts through an effective mathematics standards implementation.
Resources Referenced in the Process Guide
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7-Principles-of-the-Instructional-CoreUpdated 12-3-19PDF of 7 Principles of the Instructional Core
Look Fors in a Math ClassroomUpdated 12-3-19Checklist of shifts to be observed in the mathematics classroom.
Task Analysis Guide - Cognitive DemandUpdated 12-3-19NCTM guide to analyze the cognitive demand of a mathematical task.
Teaching Practices Observation ProtocolUpdated 12-3-19This guide provides concrete examples of The Eight Mathematics Teaching Practices.
The Instructional Core GraphicUpdated 12-3-19The Instructional Core Graphic
Content & Confidence Survey - Mathematics
The Content & Confidence Survey - Mathematics is a series of questions related to teacher confidence in the mathematics content of the 2017 Kansas Mathematics Standards as well as their confidence in the instruction of the standards. The data provided from the survey should be used to complete the Diagnostic Assessment to Effective Math Standards Implementation. The survey is available upon request after review of the Effective Kansas Mathematics Standards Implementation Process Guide has been completed. Contact Melissa Fast at mfast@ksde.org.
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Content & Confidence Survey - MathematicsAvailable on request after review of process guideSeries of questions related to teacher confidence in the mathematics content of the 2017 Kansas Mathematics Standards as well as their confidence in the instruction of the standards.
Diagnostic Assessment to Effective Math Standards Implementation
The Diagnostic Assessment to Effective Math Standards Implementation provides a series of questions districts should ask to better understand where they are in their implementation of the mathematics standards. The questions are written in a progressive order therefore it is important that the questions are responded to in the order they appear. After each PART there is an analysis of the information you provided which will indicate whether you should continue completing the diagnostic or stop and focus your professional learning in this area. Data obtained in the Content & Confidence Survey - Mathematics should be used to complete the diagnostic. The diagnostic is available upon request after review of the Effective Kansas Mathematics Standards Implementation Process Guide has been completed. Contact Melissa Fast at mfast@ksde.org.
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Diagnostic Assessment to Effective Math Standards ImplementationAvailable on request after review of process guideProvides a series of questions districts should ask to better understand where they are in their implementation of the mathematics standards.
Contact Information

 

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