Common Core Progressions

MATH 180 is the first math intervention program designed to meet the rigors of the Common Core and accelerate students to grade level. With a focused and coherent scope and sequence and scaffolded practice that includes Next Generation assessment item types and performance tasks, MATH 180 ensures that older struggling students have an explicit and accelerated path to college and career readiness.

Built From the Common Core

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  • 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.

Prepare Students for Next Generation Assessments

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  • Performance
    Tasks
  • Next Generation
    Item Types
  • Critical
    Thinking
  • Strategic
    Reasoning
  • Rich problem-solving lessons and sample performance tasks are scaffolded throughout each block to help struggling students gain extensive practice with rigorous Next Generation performance tasks. Similar to the PARCC and Smarter Balance sample tasks, the performance tasks embedded into MATH 180 require reasoning, collaboration, mathematical expertise, and writing.

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  • Problems in the Success Zone are designed around the items students will encounter on the Next Generation Assessments from PARCC or Smarter Balanced. Built as a game board with choice, the MATH 180 student software provides critical practice, but in a rewarding, fun space.

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  • Dynamic and interactive simulations elicit student thinking, encourage mathematical decision making, and challenge students to analyze common patterns in their results. After students complete the simulation, they are asked to reflect on their plan and suggest ways to improve their performance. All writing is saved to a digital portfolio, which teachers can review from their dashboards.

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  • The MATH 180 Teaching Guide models mathematical thinking and reasoning to develop the mathematical practices critical for proficiency with the Common Core State Standards. From Do Nows to partnered work, mSpace activities provide opportunities for students to communicate their thinking and critique the reasoning of others.

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