As you know, Connecticut has adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. You may be wondering how Everyday Math will respond to the changeover – which is happening in most states in the country. Below is the text of a letter from the authors of Everyday Math explaining their plan.
The University of Chicago
The Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project
5640 South Ellis Avenue, EFI Box 15
Chicago, Illinois 60637
September 30, 2010
The release of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in June continues a national movement aimed at longterm improvement of student performance in mathematics and language arts. Most states have already formally adopted the new standards; the U.S. Department of Education awarded $330 million to two partnerships of states that will produce CCSS-aligned standardized tests by 2014-2015; and educators across the nation are studying the new standards to determine what they mean for their practice.
As authors of Everyday Mathematics, we have also been studying the Common Core mathematics standards—and we have found that they are based on much of the same research and expertise as Everyday Mathematics. For example, the CCSS writers looked to internationally high-achieving nations to benchmark their new standards, something we at the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project have been doing for more than 25 years.
The CCSS writers want challenging, research-based, mathematically accurate curricula that teach children to be powerful mathematical thinkers and problem solvers, which is precisely what Everyday Mathematics has always been. We anticipate that our users who implement the new standards will want to continue to use the program that has helped them achieve so much. We’re here to support those efforts by leading a successful transition to CCSS.
The Common Core mathematics standards are minimum standards for all students. These new standards, which have significant strengths, especially in the Standards for Mathematical Practice, are also not final. The CCSS writers recognize that these standards will change over time as adjustments are made and we learn more about how children learn mathematics.
Nevertheless, we know that you need help now to begin implementing CCSS, so we are making changes that will align Everyday Mathematics to CCSS at every grade level from kindergarten through grade 6. We believe these new standards present us with a wonderful opportunity to continue to refine and improve Everyday Mathematics, as we have done over many years and three editions.
By summer 2011, McGraw-Hill Education will publish the Everyday Mathematics Common Core State Standards Edition (©2012). This updated edition will include new and revised lessons at every grade level to ensure that Everyday Mathematics meets and exceeds CCSS. The Everyday Mathematics CCSS Edition will provide a comprehensive set of print and digital components to help you meet your students’ instructional needs.
These materials will be available soon for preview at http://www.everydaymath.com.
If you are using Everyday Mathematics ©2007, McGraw-Hill Education will publish online content support by summer 2011, including correlations and supplemental activities and lessons, to help you adapt your lesson plans to implement CCSS. You will also be able to preview these materials soon at http://www.everydaymath.com.
For additional information about how Everyday Mathematics correlates to CCCS, refer to the brochure, Everyday Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards, which provides a starting point for understanding the alignment. We’ll continue to provide you with information as it becomes available.
Thank you for your continued support! Everyday Mathematics would not be the success it is today without you!
The Everyday Mathematics Authors