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Math in Common

Learning Together and Building Capacity for Math Instruction

Math in Common® supports diverse California school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M) across grades K–8. The initiative spans 2013 to 2020.

The California math standards demand deep and broad shifts in classroom instruction. The initiative builds leadership capacity within each district and supports districts in developing and carrying out a continuous improvement plan for implementing the math standards. These districts are providing a system of supports for teachers, including professional learning delivered at their school sites. Each district is also working to build an internal culture of learning and improvement – including the use of data to fuel enhanced instructional practice.

Participating public school districts
Ten districts received Math in Common Grants: Dinuba, Elk Grove, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Oakland, Oceanside, Sacramento City, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana.

Collectively, these districts serve almost 300,000 K–8 schoolchildren and serve nine percent more low-income students and six percent more English learner students than the average for schools statewide. Two districts, Garden Grove and Long Beach, concluded their grants in Summer 2018; the other districts continue in the initiative’s second phase ending in 2020.

Evaluation and Learning

A multi-year evaluation of the Math in Common initiative by WestEd is exploring how districts, sites, and teachers are implementing CCSS-M, and with what effect on student learning. Findings are disseminated statewide.

WestEd is also working with the Math in Common districts to strengthen their ability to collect and use data for continuous improvement.

A community of practice managed by California Education Partners supports professional learning in each district and provides a means for discussing effective strategies, examining common challenges, and sharing tools as well as lessons learned across districts. Learning formats include convenings of district administrators and school principals, topical workshops led by expert consultants as well as district personnel, and summer sessions for principals and math coaching faculty. Technical assistance is available to each district leadership team to help with unique challenges and to solve local problems of practice.

Foundation staff documented their observations and learning following the first five years of the initiative. View these reflections.

Related Resources

Explore insights from Math in Common that could inform approaches to leadership development during COVID and beyond.
Understand roadblocks faced and routes taken by districts in their early years of CCSS-M implementation.
Learn about the evolution of the Math in Common community of practice.
Learn how teachers made significant instructional shifts to help students master the CCSS-M.
Discover how Math in Common districts approached CCSS-M implementation differently than other California districts.
Learn about the math gains made by Math in Common districts, schools, and students.
Understand approaches that helped principals take ownership of math instruction and standards implementation at their sites.
Discover how the Math in Common districts leveraged three types of technical assistance to build capacity for math teaching and learning.
Explore how three Math in Common districts are navigating internal and external challenges to sustain progress on CCSS-M implementation.
Learn how teachers are shifting their instructional approaches related to CCSS-M, and key steps districts can take to support their efforts.
Explore teachers’ and administrators’ changing beliefs about CCSS-M several years into the implementation journey.
Learn how two school districts are advancing math achievement among students with disabilities.
Learn how districts are moving to systematically support principals to understand the instructional shifts required by CCSS-M.
Learn how coaches are supporting CCSS-M implementation in school districts.
Learn key steps to consider, and pitfalls to avoid, when choosing instructional materials to teach CCSS-M.
Learn why one California school district outperformed nine others in student math achievement.
Discover teacher and administrator perceptions of the CCSS-M implementation process, with a focus on the important role principals play.
Learn how four school districts are designing and implementing site-based, lesson-focused teacher professional learning.
Explore how districts are reconsidering the mathematics pathways students follow from middle to high school.
Learn from teacher and administrator reflections on their early successes and challenges in implementing CCSS-M.
Discover how to select or develop and use classroom observation systems to support CCSS-M implementation.
Discover district strategies for implementing student assessment processes aligned to CCSS-M.