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Concepts • Skills • Problem Solving
The only true vertically aligned K-12 Mathematics Curriculum
What is Vertical Alignment?
Vertical alignment is a process that provides learners with an articulated, coherent sequence of content. It ensures that content standards and units of study are introduced, reinforced, and assessed and that instruction is targeted on student needs and California Mathematics Standards.
Why is Vertical Alignment Important?
Strong vertical alignment accommodates a wide variety of developmental levels. It allows teachers increased precision in their teaching because they are not teaching content that is covered elsewhere or that students have previously mastered.
5 Keys to Success
According to The College Board, about 80% of students who successfully complete Algebra I and Geometry by 10th grade attend and succeed in college. That 80% is nearly constant regardless of race. (Changing the Odds:Factors Increasing Access to College, 1990)
California Mathematics: Concepts, Skills, and Problem Solving was conceived and developed with the final result in mind - student success in Algebra I and beyond. The authors, using the California Mathematics Standards as their guide, developed this brand-new series by "back-mapping" from the desired result of student success in Algebra I, Geometry, and beyond.
- Balanced, In-Depth Content
California Mathematics: Concepts, Skills, and Problem Solving was developed to specifically target the skills and topics that give students the most difficulty.
- Ongoing Assessment
California Mathematics: Concepts, Skills, and Problem Solving includes diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment; data-driven instruction; intervention options; and performance tracking, as well as remediation, acceleration, and enrichment tools throughout the program
- Intervention and Differentiated Instruction
In order for students to overcome difficulties with mathematics learning, attention is paid to their backgrounds, the nature of their previous instruction, and underlying learning differences. California Mathematics: Concepts, Skills, and Problem Solving includes a two pronged approach to intervention.
Strategic Teachers can use the myriad of intervention tips and ancillary materials to address the needs of students who need strategic intervention.
Intensive For students who are two or more years below grade level, California Math Triumphs provides step-by-step instruction, vocabulary support, and data-driven decision making to help students succeed.
For students not ready for Algebra I in Grade 8, California Algebra Readiness provides highly focused instructional materials to help students rebuild foundational skills and concepts and prepare for algebra success.
- Professional Development
California Mathematics: Concepts, Skills, and Problem Solving includes many opportunities for teacher professional development. Additional learning opportunities in various formats-video, online, and on-site instruction-are fully aligned and articulated from grade K through Algebra II.
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