Built From the Common Core

MATH 180
Learning Matrix 
Make Progress
by Making Connections 
Develop Critical Thinking
by Teaching Through Reasoning

MATH 180 focuses on getting struggling students to a deep understanding and mastery of the most important K–5 standards to prepare them for success with higher level math. Carefully curated by Common Core architects Sybilla Beckmann and Bill McCallum, the MATH 180 scope and sequence is built around the essential foundational concepts and practices from which the Common Core State Standards for middle school extend and apply. These include Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, and Number and Operations in Fractions—domains necessary for success with algebra.

The Common Core State Standards map out a clear, focused progression toward algebra. MATH 180 makes this progression visible for both students and teachers through foundational topics and practices that apply and extend to the middle school standards and algebra. Students extend arithmetic beyond whole numbers to understand and apply expressions and equations. The most important connections are to allow students to progress in their mathematical understandings and to see how major content develops over time. Students who do well in mathematics understand the big connecting ideas—the root system from which more complex math builds.

MATH 180 aligns its curriculum, instruction, and assessment to follow the behavioral outcomes of the Common Core and Next Generation Assessments, as reflected in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Students develop essential skills such as persevering in solving problems, demonstrating abstract and quantitative reasoning, constructing viable arguments, sharing reasoning with peers, and offering critique. The carefully constructed exercises and lessons in MATH 180 challenge students to demonstrate their ability to solve complex problems by putting reasoning and thinking development at the forefront.