Below you will find highlights of a selected changes in Mathematics Education.

For detailed information, and grade-specific instructional support tools, please read more on the NCDPI Mathematics Education Wiki:

Major Shifts in Mathematics

  1. Focus strongly on the major work of the grade. (See below)
  2. Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
  3. Rigor: require conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with intensity.

Engage NY Video

Listen to David Coleman, Contributing Author of the Common Core State Standards, explain the rationale behind the shifts:

Not Sure What a Standard Means?

Unpacking Documents

The Unpacking Instructional Tools were developed at the North Carolina Department of Instruction to explain the intent of each standard and to clarify what a student should be know and be able to do at each grade level. The Mathematics Unpacking Tools are organized by grade level. They may be viewed on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website, or the NCDPI Mathematics Wiki.

Sample Lessons and Units

Sample lessons and units were developed to supplement local lessons and resources. They are organized by grade level K-8.

Support Videos for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

The Southeast Comprehensive Center developed Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos to support states, schools and teachers in the implementation of the new standards. The videos were created in collaboration with the states in the Southeast Comprehensive Center region based on their need for professional development support for the implementation of the Common Core. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards and usually includes examples/illustrations geared toward enhancing understanding. The intent of each content-focused video is to clarify the meaning of the individual standard rather than to be a guide on how to teach each standard, although the examples can be adapted for instructional use.

K-2 Formative & Instructional Assessments

On this site you will find tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics that are designed to be used in a formative manner to guide instruction. Take a moment to review the Assessment Manual to learn more about how to use these assessments in your classroom and in your LEA.