The Common Core State Standards for mathematics are still quite new. Many educators still have lots of questions about what they are going to look like in practice and how teaching and learning might change to accommodate them. An **October 2010 newsletter** from Education Northwest answers the following questions: What do teachers need to know about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? How will they affect teaching and assessing mathematics and English language arts? What are the benefits and what can teachers do now to prepare for implementation?

Additional resources specific to mathematics include:

**The Common Core State Standards: Mathematics**

Mathematics standards define what K–12 students should know and be able to do in math. While they are grade-specific, the standards do not define the intervention methods or materials necessary to support students who are well below or well above grade-level expectations.

**CCSS Model Course Pathways in Mathematics**

Achieve (in partnership with the CCSS mathematics-writing team) convened a group of experts to develop Model Course Pathways in Mathematics based on the CCSS. Four model course pathways were created, each of which is intended to significantly increase the coherence of high school mathematics courses.

**National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Common Core Standards Implementation** [1.5mb PDF File]

The adoption of the CCSS could have significant implications for teachers. NCTM has prepared a PowerPoint presentation to inform teachers and to support them in implementation of the standards.

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