Grades K-5

Math Expressions Common Core combines elements of standards-based instruction with the best traditional approaches for Grades K-5. Through drawings, conceptual language, and real-world examples, it helps students make sense of mathematics. NSF-funded* and research-based, Math Expressions is proven to be effective in raising student achievement. Put your students on the path to becoming lifelong learners—and lovers—of all things math with our trusted Common Core math curriculum.

Adopting one balanced program as the core instructional materials for all elementary school mathematics instruction will provide a firm and consistent foundation, with common language and strategies, for all of our students. Best instructional practices are supported by the best instructional materials.

Rationale: The Math Expressions materials were found to be the most accurately aligned to the new standards at the precise grade level indicated in the standards documents, without excessive extraneous materials. The materials include not only the content standards but the Standards for Mathematical Practices1 as well. In particular, the materials embrace the intent of the new standards - rigor through deeper understanding and problem-solving. This program supports many of the instructional best practices. Additionally, the program supplies students, teachers and parents with robust and appropriate online and print support materials. Overall, this is a balanced, coherent and rigorous program.

Standards Alignment:  Aligns with CCSS and has a strong spiral review element

Student Engagement:

  • Creates a learning community
  • Focuses on depth not breadth
  • Inquiry based
  • Effective games and activities that positively impact student learning


  • Students must explain their answers
  • Students encouraged to think and express their ideas
  • Multiple ways to solve one problem

Quality of Instructional Design

  • Resources for multiple assessment
  • Linear approach to the CCSS
  • Spiral review in homework
  • Multiple strategies to teach one concept

Supports all students learning

  • Easily accessed differentiated instruction
  • Provide RTI recommendations
  • Hands-on activities
  • Provides for remediation and enrichment


  • Useful technology resources - for both students and teachers
  • Resources are engaging for students

Grades 6-8

Big Ideas Math is a research-based program providing a rigorous, focused, and coherent curriculum for Grades 6-8. The program balances conceptual understanding with procedural fluency, as research shows that students benefit from equal exposure to discovery learning and scaffolded instruction. Dr. Ron Larson and Dr. Laurie Boswell utilized their expertise as well as the body of knowledge collected by additional expert mathematicians and researchers to develop each course.

The Big Ideas Math program is a complete and continuous solution built for student success. A variety of programs are available from middle school to high school. Combined with multiple pathways for middle school programs, Big Ideas Math provides the teacher with a variety of options and instructional flexibility. In addition to the Big Ideas Math program, Dr. Larson has also authored Advanced Placement and elective math courses which allow students to explore mathematics beyond Algebra 2.

The Big Ideas Math program includes a Dynamic Technology package that enhances the industry leading mathematics curriculum. By working with educational technology innovators, Big Ideas Math can offer educators intuitive and state-of-the-art tools to help students effectively learn and master mathematics.

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