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California's Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

New Ways of Teaching Mathematics

These Standards are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business. They are a call to take the next step. It is time for states to work together to build on lessons learned from two decades of standards based reforms. It is time to recognize that standards are not just promises to our children, but promises we intend to keep."

National Governors Association Center for Best Practice
and Council of Chief State of School Officers (2010)
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

The CCSS for Mathematics by design encourage teachers to use instructional strategies that give students ownership over their own learning. By allowing students to engage in mathematics at a deeper level and solve problems using different strategies, motivation increases as they develop confidence in their mathematical abilities.

Time to View

View the following video for an overview of how teaching might look different in a Common Core mathematics classroom and some of the ways that the standards can help teachers give students more ownership over their learning.


Time to Read

For an overview of how the new standards address past challenges, read the following excerpt from the Introduction to the CCSS for Mathematics:

For over a decade, research studies of mathematics education in high-performing countries have pointed to the conclusion that the mathematics curriculum in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent in order to improve mathematics achievement in this country. To deliver on the promise of common standards, the standards must address the problem of a curriculum that is “a mile wide and an inch deep.” These Standards are a substantial answer to that challenge. Read more...