Common Core Standards

Common Core State Standards are also known in Michigan as the Career and College Readiness Standards. Various resources are available at our Ingham ISD Common Core Resource Page.

CCSS K-8 learning progressions based on critical areas

Instructional strategies by grade level:
4th grade CCSS critical areas with instruction notes and "I Can" statements (Word document)

K-6 CCSS with student-friendly "I Can" statements

Gap analysis forms are available here:
CCSS K-5 gap analysis form 4-18-12.doc - Includes student-friendly "I Can" statements
CCSS 6-8 gap analysis form.doc
CCSS 9-12 gap analysis form.doc

An important shift in state standards is the inclusion of Standards for Mathematical Practice, which need to be woven into instruction across all grades. They outline important shifts not only in what we want students to learn, but how we structure daily mathematics instruction, including
  • Greater emphasis on problem solving
  • Greater emphasis on reasoning
  • More opportunities to use models to represent mathematical ideas
  • The strategic use of tools such as graphing calculators, dynamic geometry software, etc.
  • The identification and use of underlying patterns and structures

A great resource of all things Common Core is available from Kalamazoo RESA.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is developing the new grade level assessments, has created their assessment framework, which includes "content specifications." You can download it from their website. The focus of the assessment will be on four major components:
  • Concepts & Procedures - Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.
  • Problem Solving - Students can solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem solving strategies.
  • Communicating Reasoning - Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.
  • Modeling and Data Analysis - Students can analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems.