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CC Curriculum Manual for HS Math

Sep 9, 2013 7:09pm

It seems that everyone is planning their own curriculum for either the traditional Algebra or Integrated Math courses. If this continues we may end up with hundreds or even thousands of different curriculum guides and we may end up defeating the purpose of having a common core set of standards and practices.
Just for the first year, in order for all math educators to get a better picture of how to actually execute the CC with our students, didn't anyone think of coming up with a sample manual of some sort so we can see how the lessons focus and coherently flow throughout the course of the year then have sample assessments we can use in the classroom to measure the growth in rigor? The manual doesn't have to be complete since it may just look like an abridged textbook with some sample problems as examples. So is there some sort of training manual that models the Appendix A of the CCSS so the curriculum planners can also have some focus, coherence and rigor? Just wondering.

  • Math
  • 9-12
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 10, 2013 5:53am

      Hi Timothy,

      Even though you have a great idea of that master manual, the writers of the CCSS were pretty clear that they are not in the business of making and distributing curriculum. That's not to say that your department, school or district couldn't develop a common manual or pacing guide that would be helpful to guide the teachers in your area. We have met with departments from across our district to align what we are doing in each specific math class so that our focus is consistent from school to school. Sometimes we have PLCs so that we can meet and reevaluate/adjust our guides. You can always check the resources available for free on and you might find some documents that would help clarify the focus, coherence and rigor as well.

      Hope this helps!

      • Sep 10, 2013 11:49pm

        I apologize for being too blunt but this doesn't help. I fully understand the rationale of the CCSS writers in not developing a sample curriculum but if they went as far as to develop a curriculum map in Appendix A realizing that states and individual districts may have difficulty piecing these new CCSS together coherently and with focus, they could have just went a little further and come up with a sample curriculum and highly emphasize that it is merely a suggestion and individual states need not follow it at all. Again, I applaud the work of the CCSS writers in creating this amazing piece of work but just to throw this great idea and say here's the blueprint for an awesome new set of national standards but you go ahead and build the rest and interpret it in any way you see fit leaves too much room for confusion. It's like saying here's a blueprint for a beautiful house on paper but not specifying which materials to use for all the frames, pipes, electrical wires and what not. Some homes may end up very shoddy with cheap wood and aluminum while others may look awesome with copper piping, marble accents, and top of the line fire resistant materials. I've seen several samples from various different states for a clue to how this CCSS for math looks like and every week I see something different or the same as before the CCSS came out. Just a bit confused. Do you, or anyone you know, know of a state or curriculum developer that is pretty close to being aligned with the focus coherence and rigor of the CCSS while incorporating the 8 SMP well with the SMC? I would surely like to get my hands on it so I can start implementing this new CCSS without having to wonder everyday of I am completely going the wrong direction.

        • Sep 11, 2013 4:39pm

          You might find NY state's materials helpful -

          in the upper right hand part of this page, click on the downloadable resource: A Story of Functions Curriculum Map and Overview 9-12.

          I knew NY had implemented Common Core last year, so I Googled their education website and found this.

          • Sep 12, 2013 1:36am

            Now, we're talking. I took a quick look at the NY modules for HS. The documents are pretty hefty and I assume Algebra Module 1 & 2 probably refer to semester 1 & 2 so I assume it is complete but I need to look at it more closely to see if they cover all the CCSS from Appendix A. It seems for both Geometry & Algebra 2 only module 1 is complete so I assume they are still working on modules 2. But you know what they say about "ass-u-m(e)"-ing so I was wondering if you or anyone you know looked into the NY alignments and lessons to see how well it fits in with the focus, coherence and rigor of the CCSS. Also, since I am an educator in California on the other side of the continent and we are under the SBAC how would it affect our end of the year assessment if we modeled our curriculum after NY (assuming we decide to go this route). Does anyone know if we need to follow our own state guidelines or does the CCSS erase all state boundaries?

            • Sep 12, 2013 1:43am

              Oops, never mind about my initial assessment of the module numbers. I knew I shouldn't assume. There are actually 5 modules for Algebra 1 & Geometry and 4 modules for Algebra 2 so I guess I assume NY is still working on completing their modules (or they may have it done but just not sharing the rest - but I don't want to assume again).
              Thanks, Chris & Michelle. This does help a lot now and keep it coming if you feel there are other examples out there.
              But seriously, are there any reviews or evaluations of what NY is doing so others can follow or do we look elsewhere?