Mathematics education for the 21st Century must be a rigorous approach that gives students a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and the ability to apply what they have learned to novel situations. There is no shortage of resources out there to support teachers to accomplish these goals. However, the most important factor is the classroom experience of students.
The California Common Core State Standards capture the rigor that is required in this new era of math education. These standards that were adopted in 2010, if implemented well, will prepare our students to be college and career ready no matter the path they take.
Achieve the Core
This site provides free, high-quality resources for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards.
Illustrative Mathematics illustrates the range and types of mathematical work that students experience via the Common Core State Standards and provides access to tools that support standards implementation.
This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.
Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI)
MRI is an online formative assessment tool designed to make teachers’ classroom instruction more effective. The MRI questions focus on numbers and operations, based on the Common Core State Standards prior to sixth grade.
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
The Mathematics Assessment Project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards.
Sense-Making in Mathematics
This website from Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) is a synthesis of conversations with teachers, videos of teaching mathematics, and curriculum recommendations for a more thinking-oriented rigorous approach to middle school mathematics.
A center at Stanford University directed by Jo Boaler, youcubed's goal is to inspire math success for all students through growth mindsets and innovative teaching. The website hosts resources that include math tasks, articles, communication tools, and more.