Quality Math Instruction and the CCSS

This professional development module will support principals and school teams in leading school improvement efforts in addressing the needs of students in mathematics.  With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the focus is on developing students that are college and career ready. The underlying tenants in this module are:

  • Students need to make sense of the mathematics they are learning.
  • Students learn best with an approach that exposes them to rich mathematics tasks with a balance between procedural and conceptual understanding.
  • Teacher decision making is the one thing that has the greatest impact on student learning.

Quality Math Instruction and the CCSS will begin the data mining process to uncover both our strengths and challenges in mathematics.   Although this professional development module was designed to be data-tool independent the Data 4SS Comparative Item Analysis Inquiry will be used.  The intent of this module is to build the capacity within schools to ask the questions of the data.

Focus Questions

  • What can we learn from our MEAP Mathematics data?
  • How do we use this data to identify math goals and measurable objectives?
  • How do the Common Core State Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practices change the expectations of teachers?



  • To identify components of high quality K-12 mathematics program
  • To determine systems practices necessary for sustaining instructional improvement
  • To create a plan for improving mathematics instruction


Facilitation Guide & PPT

For the latest version of the facilitator's guide and Power Point for this module, please email Maureen Slamer.


How Many Tiles Form A

How Many Tiles Form B

Reflection Worksheet

Implications for Learning

Implications for Instruction

Math Improvement plan