Guide to Effectively Managing Higher-Level Content Standards in Mathematics
The Professional Development Units for CCR Standards in Mathematics, located at: https://lincs.ed.gov/programs/ccr/math, are highly recommended. For best results, the developers recommend experiencing Foundational Units 1 - 4 as well as Advanced Units 1 - 3.
This guide offers a way to manage higher-level math standards to address time constraints and other potential impediments to full implementation. In building this resource, StandardsWork drew on the principles of Understanding by Design (or UbD) a three-stage backwards design process. First, the guide’s developers defined the Big Ideas for each of the Middle Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Adult Secondary levels of learning. Next, they subdivided the Big Ideas into Priority Topics. Then they translated each Priority Topic into a set of specific Instructional Objectives. The information revealed through the analysis process proposes the critical content, instructional priorities, and time-on-task that can be covered effectively and efficiently in a systematic fashion. The components connect one to the other but with the necessary flexibility built in so that this resource can be used with any curriculum.
The Guide to Effectively Managing Higher-Level Content Standards in Mathematics is designed to work specifically with states’ CCR content standards for adult education. The guide:
- Proposes which math content deserves the most attention and which can play a supporting role at each of the three highest levels;
- Organizes that content coherently within and across the three levels so that mathematical ideas build logically and connect naturally to one another; and
- Prioritizes the content so that students will have opportunities to learn the most critical concepts and hone their mathematical skills through solving well-crafted problems.
In creating this guide StandardsWork envisioned adult educators using it in conjunction with existing math curriculum to organize content topics and balance the time spent on each. It illustrates how to prioritize mathematical ideas and topics, and to calculate how much instructional time to give each.