• Understand the Mathematics Tasks

    All of the tasks presented are designed to highlight the math Shifts. These tasks and classroom resources focus on bringing the Shifts required by the Standards into everyday instruction. The resources below explain how to identify and create tasks aligned to the Shifts. 

    The math Shifts are:
    Focus: Focus strongly where the Standards focus
    Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
    Rigor: in major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity

  • How these Tasks Address the Shifts

    These tasks illustrate the Shifts and can be used immediately in classrooms for teachers to get a sense of the expectations of the Standards. They can also be used in PLCs as part of a lesson study or shared observations.

    Focus: All of these tasks align to the major work of the grade. Most focus on content that is approached differently in CCSS than in previous standards.

    Coherence: These tasks demonstrate how to build student understanding from previous learning and prepare students for future learning.

    Rigor: These tasks were selected to represent a balance of the aspects of rigor required by the Standards.

  • Understand how Standards Relate to One Another

    After reviewing a task, use the Coherence Map to find related standards and additional tasks.

  • Build a Meaningful Sequence of Tasks

    Many of the tasks reference a specific progression document, narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.  The progressions can explain why standards are sequenced the way they are, point out cognitive difficulties and pedagogical solutions, and give more detail on particularly knotty areas of the mathematics.

  • Find More Tasks

    Hundreds of sample tasks organized by grade, standard and domain are available from Illustrative Mathematics, an organization led by William McCallum , a lead writer of the CCSS.  Their website also includes, videos, commentary on the Standards for Mathematical Practices, professional development resources, and course blueprints.