Alignment to College and Career Ready Standards: Overall Summary

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 are aligned to the CCSSM. The materials are focused within assessments and spend the majority of time on the major work of the grade. The materials are also coherent, following the progression of the standards and connecting the mathematics within the grade level. The Grade 5 materials include all three aspects of rigor and there is a definitive balance between conceptual understanding, fluency and application. MPs are identified and used to enhance the mathematical content, but the materials often do not attend to the full meaning of each MP and some are misidentified.

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Understanding Gateways

Alignment

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Meets Expectations

Gateway 1:

Focus & Coherence

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7
12
14
14
12-14
Meets Expectations
8-11
Partially Meets Expectations
0-7
Does Not Meet Expectations

Gateway 2:

Rigor & Mathematical Practices

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10
16
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16-18
Meets Expectations
11-15
Partially Meets Expectations
0-10
Does Not Meet Expectations

Usability

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Meets Expectations

Not Rated

Gateway 3:

Usability

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31
38
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31-38
Meets Expectations
23-30
Partially Meets Expectations
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Does Not Meet Expectations

Gateway One

Focus & Coherence

Meets Expectations

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Gateway One Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for gateway 1. These materials do not assess above-grade-level content, and they spend the majority of the time on the major clusters of each grade level. Teachers using these materials as designed will use supporting clusters to enhance the major work of the grade. These materials are consistent with the mathematical progression in the standards and students are offered extensive work with grade level problems. Connections are made between clusters and domains where appropriate. Overall, the Grade 5 materials are focused and follow a coherent plan.

Criterion 1a

Materials do not assess topics before the grade level in which the topic should be introduced.
2/2
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Criterion Rating Details

The instructional material reviewed for Grade 5 meets the expectation for this criterion by not assessing any topics before the grade level in which the topic is introduced in the standards. No above-grade-level content was assessed on mid-module or end-of-module assessments in any module. All assessments, rubrics and topics relate to Grade 5 standards. Students are assessed on fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, place-value understanding within decimals and understanding of volume among other topics.

Indicator 1a

The instructional material assesses the grade-level content and, if applicable, content from earlier grades. Content from future grades may be introduced but students should not be held accountable on assessments for future expectations.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional material reviewed for Grade 5 meets the expectations for focus within assessment. Overall, the instructional material does not assess any content from future grades within the summative assessment sections of each module.

  • No above-grade-level content was assessed on mid-module or end-of-module assessments.
  • All assessments, rubrics and topics relate to Grade 5 standards or below.
  • The summative assessments focus on grade-level topics.
  • Students are assessed on their fluency for multiplication with larger numbers.

Criterion 1b

Students and teachers using the materials as designed devote the large majority of class time in each grade K-8 to the major work of the grade.
4/4
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Criterion Rating Details

The instructional material reviewed for Grade 5 meets the expectations for focus by spending the majority of the time on the major clusters of the grade. This includes all clusters within 5.NBT and 5.NF and cluster C within 5.MD.

Indicator 1b

Instructional material spends the majority of class time on the major cluster of each grade.
4/4
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional material reviewed for Grade 5 meets the expectation for focus by spending the majority of the time on the major clusters of the grade. This includes all clusters within 5.NBT and 5.NF and cluster C within 5.MD.

  • While some lessons include multiple standards, approximately 95 out of 140 lesson days are devoted to major work.
  • More than 65% of the lessons are explicitly focused on major work, with major work often included within supporting work lessons as well.
  • Of six modules, modules 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 address major work with only a few lessons devoted to additional and supporting work.
  • Module 6 consists of additional and supporting work with a few major work lessons included.
  • Of the 31 assessment days, 22 are devoted to major work.

Criterion 1c - 1f

Coherence: Each grade's instructional materials are coherent and consistent with the Standards.
8/8
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Criterion Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for coherence. The materials use supporting content as a way to continue work with the major work of the grade. For example, students use their data collection for plotting lines to continue their work on fractions. The materials include a full program of study that is viable content for a school year, including 180 days of lessons and assessments. This set of materials is consistent with the mathematical progression of learning set forth in the standards. All students, including those who are struggling, are given extensive work on grade-level problems, and this work progresses mathematically. The instructional materials are visibly shaped by the cluster headings in the standards including the specific mention of using equivalent fractions as a strategy for adding and subtracting fractions. Connections are made between domains and clusters within the grade level. For example, materials make connections between conversions and operations and between volume and multiplication. Overall, the Grade 5 materials support coherence and are consistent with the progressions in the standards.

Indicator 1c

Supporting content enhances focus and coherence simultaneously by engaging students in the major work of the grade.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for their use of supporting content as a way to enhance coherence. For Grade 5, reviewers focused on the use of data and conversion of measurements as methods for supporting operations with whole numbers and fractions.

  • In module 1, students are using powers of 10 in metric conversions with place value strategies.
  • In module 2, students are solving word problems on measurement using whole number and decimal multiplication.
  • Module 4 includes the use of line plots with fractions.
  • In module 4, students use data to multiply fractions using a number line.
  • Module 4 uses expressions with operations and algebraic thinking to multiply and divide fractions and decimals.

Indicator 1d

The amount of content designated for one grade level is viable for one school year in order to foster coherence between grades.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectation for this indicator by providing a viable level of content for one school year.

  • Materials provide for 180 days of instruction and assessment.
  • Lessons are expected to be 60 minutes.
  • Lessons generally include fluency practice, application problems, concept development and a student debrief.
  • The materials are structured so that a teacher could make modifications if necessary.
  • While a district, school or teacher would not need to make significant changes to the schedule set forth, reviewers indicated concerns for the volume of lessons.
  • Some lessons may take longer than indicated.
  • Days are included at the end of the year for culmination activities and preparation for summer practice.

Indicator 1e

Materials are consistent with the progressions in the Standards i. Materials develop according to the grade-by-grade progressions in the Standards. If there is content from prior or future grades, that content is clearly identified and related to grade-level work ii. Materials give all students extensive work with grade-level problems iii. Materials relate grade level concepts explicitly to prior knowledge from earlier grades.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 5 are consistent with the mathematical progressions in the standards meeting the expectation for this indicator.

  • The problem types included in the application problems show an increasing level of difficulty.
  • Foundational standards from Grade 4 are included for each module.
  • In later modules, standards from earlier in the school year are listed as foundational standards. For example, module 5 includes standards from Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5.
  • The modules progress through place-value and beginning decimal work to operations on fractions. The students are then expected to use this content to calculate area and volume.
  • Problem sets in each module offer students extensive work on grade-level problems.
  • Within the differentiation sections teachers are given suggestions for supporting struggling students while continuing to expect that students work on grade level problems.
  • Suggestions for supporting the English language learner (ELL) continue the high level of expectations for these students.
  • Teacher notes include suggestions for advanced students to continue working within their grade level while deepening their understanding of the content.

Indicator 1f

Materials foster coherence through connections at a single grade, where appropriate and required by the Standards i. Materials include learning objectives that are visibly shaped by CCSSM cluster headings. ii. Materials include problems and activities that serve to connect two or more clusters in a domain, or two or more domains in a grade, in cases where these connections are natural and important.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 5 foster coherence through connections in the grade.

  • Module 3 includes a lesson titled "Add fractions with Unlike Units Using the Strategy of Creating Equivalent Fractions," which is similar to the cluster heading "Use Equivalent Fractions as a Strategy to Add and Subtract Fractions."
  • Several lesson in module 4 include an objective related to a cluster heading "Apply and Extend Previous Understandings of Multiplication and Division to Multiply and Divide Fractions."
  • Module 1 connects the conversion of units of measure with place value.
  • Module 4 connects 5.OA to word problems involving fractions and 5.MD to 5.NBT and 5.NF.
  • Module 6 connects graphing number patterns from rules to coordinate planes.
  • Module 5 links area with fractional sides: 5.G and 5.NF.
  • Module 5 links volume and multiplication and addition.
  • Module 6 includes multistep word problems in 5.NF, 5.MD, and 5.G domains.

Gateway Two

Rigor & Mathematical Practices

Meets Expectations

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Gateway Two Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 are aligned to the CCSSM. The materials are focused within assessments and spend the majority of time on the major work of the grade. The materials are also coherent, following the progression of the standards and connecting the mathematics within the grade level. The Grade 5 materials include all three aspects of rigor and there is a definitive balance between conceptual understanding, fluency and application. MPs are identified and used to enhance the mathematical content, but the materials often do not attend to the full meaning of each MP and some are misidentified.

Criterion 2a - 2d

Rigor and Balance: Each grade's instructional materials reflect the balances in the Standards and help students meet the Standards' rigorous expectations, by helping students develop conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application.
8/8
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Criterion Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectation for this criteria by providing a balance of all three aspects of rigor throughout the lessons. Within the concept development sections of each lesson, the mathematical topic is developed through understanding as indicated by the standards and cluster headings. In Grade 5, fluency and procedural work includes 5.NBT.B.5 ("Multi-digit Multiplication"). Application problems occur in almost every lesson depending upon the focus mathematics of the lesson. This is expected to last around 5-10 minutes for each lesson.

Indicator 2a

Attention to conceptual understanding: Materials develop conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts, especially where called for in specific content standards or cluster headings.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed in Grade 5 for this indicator meet the s by attending to conceptual understanding within the lessons.

  • Within the concept development sections of each lesson, the mathematical topic is developed through understanding as indicated by the standards and cluster headings.
  • Significant time is spent developing understanding fractions, place value and operations.
  • Although some sample scripts offered to the teachers show procedural methods, the methodology, instructions and guiding questions are conceptual.
  • In module 2, students work on conceptual understanding of division and place value with decimals.
  • In module 4 students work on their understanding of products.

Indicator 2b

Attention to Procedural Skill and Fluency: Materials give attention throughout the year to individual standards that set an expectation of procedural skill and fluency.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed in Grade 5 for this indicator meet the requirements by attending to fluency and procedural work within the lessons. In Grade 5 this includes 5.NBT.B.5 ("Multi-digit Multiplication")

  • Within the distribution of instructional minutes, the schedule allows for 10-15 minutes per day to practice fluency. This varies according to the timeline of the school year and the focus mathematics in the module.
  • As described in "How to Implement A Story of Units," "Fluency is usually first-by beginning class with animated, adrenaline-rich fluency, students are more alert when presented with the Concept Development and Application Problems."
  • Attention is paid to the use of the words "fluency" and "fluent" within the standards.
  • Required fluencies are listed within the "curriculum overview sequence."
  • After working with visual models and distributive property, students move to fluency with multidigit multiplication.
  • Lessons include mental strategies, problem sets, homework assignments and sprints.

Indicator 2c

Attention to Applications: Materials are designed so that teachers and students spend sufficient time working with engaging applications of the mathematics, without losing focus on the major work of each grade
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed in Grade 5 for this indicator meet the expectations by attending to application within the lessons.

  • Application problems occur in almost every lesson depending upon the focus mathematics of the lesson. This is expected to last around 5-10 minutes for each lesson in Grade 5.
  • If the focus standard of the lesson includes language requiring application, the application problem will become the major portion of the lesson.
  • Contextual word problems are used with a variety of problem types that increase in difficulty throughout the year. These problems focus on a variety of operations.

Indicator 2d

Balance: The three aspects of rigor are not always treated together and are not always treated separately. There is a balance of the 3 aspects of rigor within the grade.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed in Grade 5 for this indicator meet the expectations by providing a balance of rigor. The three aspects are not always treated together nor are they always treated separately.

  • The structure of the lessons and the distribution-of-minutes charts show a balance of the three aspects of rigor.
  • Application problems often call for fluency and procedural skills.
  • Fluency work and application problems are used to develop conceptual understanding.
  • Conceptual problems often involve procedures.

Criterion 2e - 2g.iii

Practice-Content Connections: Materials meaningfully connect the Standards for Mathematical Content and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
8/10
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Criterion Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 partially meet this criteria. The MPs are often identified and often used to enrich mathematics content. There are missed opportunities for identifying MPs, however, and in some instances they are misidentified. In module 5 (Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions), out of 33 lessons, MPs are referenced in only 15. The materials often attend to the full meaning of each practice; however, there are instances where the students are not using the practice as written. For example, module 6 includes lessons that are labeled with MP1 but then give students step-by-step methods for solving the problem, not attending to the full meaning of the practice. There is little explicit reference to modeling (MP4), and some lessons identify this practice incorrectly. There are lessons where the tools are chosen for the students or the modeling expected is a simple representation. The materials reviewed for Grade 5 attend to the standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning. Students are prompted within problem sets, and application problems to explain, describe, critique and justify. Each lesson includes a debrief section with questions for the teacher to use in facilitating classroom discussion about the mathematical content. Overall, the materials partially meet the criteria for practice-content connections.

Indicator 2e

The Standards for Mathematical Practice are identified and used to enrich mathematics content within and throughout each applicable grade.
1/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The Standards for Mathematical Practice (MPs) are often identified and often used to enrich mathematics content. There are missed opportunities for identifying MPs and some instances where they are misidentified.

  • MPs are listed at the beginning of each module with a description of the explicit connection to the mathematics of the module.
  • Module 6 describes an activity tied to MP2 ("Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively"): Students reason abstractly and quantitatively as they interpret the steepness and orientation of a line given by the points of a number pattern. Students attend to the meaning of the values in an ordered pair and reason about how they can be manipulated in order to create parallel, perpendicular, or intersecting lines."
  • MPs are listed in the margins of the teacher notes, mostly in the concept development portion and the student debrief of some lessons.
  • In module 4, students are asked to model with mathematics (MP4) while they are interpreting fraction as division, and this is identified in the teacher's edition.
  • In module 1, students engage with structure (MP7) when representing one-thousandth and three-thousandths in standard, expanded and unit form; this is identified in the teacher's edition.
  • In module 1, students reason (MP7) about place value; this is identified in the teacher's edition.
  • In module 2, students are reasoning abstractly and quantitatively (MP2) within the application problem; this is identified in the teacher's edition.
  • In module 5, "Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions," out of 33 lessons, MPs are referred to in only 15 lessons.
  • While reviewers appreciate that MPs are not over identified or used in contrived situations, there are many missed opportunities for identifying them as tools to enrich the content in these lessons.
  • The debrief section of the lessons offers an opportunity to highlight, for teachers and students, how they might reason abstractly and quantitatively (MP2) and construct arguments and critique the reasoning of others (MP3).
  • There is little explicit reference to modeling (MP4), and some lessons identify this practice incorrectly.

Indicator 2f

Materials carefully attend to the full meaning of each practice standard
1/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials often attend to the full meaning of each practice. However there are instances where the students are not using the practice as written. For example, in many lessons the tools are chosen for the students or the modeling expected is a simple representation.

  • Students are using the MPs when engaging with the content as designed, fully meeting Publisher's Criteria #9.
  • Throughout the lessons, the debrief section includes opportunities to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others (MP3).
  • In module 3, students are asked to "discuss with your partner what is happening to the pieces, the units, when the numerator and denominator are getting larger" (MP7).
  • In module 5, students are expected to have the "demonstrating students receive and respond to feedback and questions from peers" (MP3).
  • There is ambiguity over whether "model" means to draw a picture representing the problem or whether "model" means to create a mathematical representation.
  • Many lessons list MPs without attending to the full meaning of the standard. For example, module 6 includes lessons that are labeled MP1 but then give students step-by-step methods for solving the problem, not attending to the full meaning of the practice.
  • In module 3, MP5 is identified without including an option for tools to be strategically chosen and used.
  • In module 4 there is a suggestion that the first step in solving the problem is to model the problem, but there is little reference to the modeling process.

Indicator 2g

Emphasis on Mathematical Reasoning: Materials support the Standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning by:
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the requirement of this indicator by attending to the Standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning.

Each module lists terminology for the module, including "new or recently introduced terms" and "familiar terms and symbols."

In module 2 pays attention the use of the word "expression" by the students and teachers.

In module 6, students are asked to develop a definition of a coordinate plane, using precise mathematical language.

Indicator 2g.i

Materials prompt students to construct viable arguments and analyze the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics detailed in the content standards.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the requirement of this indicator by attending to the standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning.

  • Students are prompted within problem sets and application problems to explain, describe, critique, and justify.
  • In module 3, students are asked to prove another (fictional) student wrong using pictures.
  • In the module 2 assessment, students are asked to "explain your reasoning, including how you decided where to place the decimal point."
  • In module 2, students are shown the work of another student and asked to "Explain her mistake using decimal division."
  • In module 3, students are asked to share their partner's methods for solving.

Indicator 2g.ii

Materials assist teachers in engaging students in constructing viable arguments and analyzing the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics detailed in the content standards.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the requirement of this indicator by attending to the Standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning.

  • Each lesson includes a debrief section with questions for the teacher to use in facilitating classroom discussion about the mathematical content. For example, "Why is taking 1 half of 2 halves equal to 1 half?"
  • In module 2, teachers are prompted to ask during a classroom discussion, "Are both expressions acceptable?"
  • In module 5, teachers are asked to "have the demonstrating students receive and respond to feedback and questions from peers."

Indicator 2g.iii

Materials explicitly attend to the specialized language of mathematics.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the requirement of this indicator by attending to the Standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning.

  • Each module lists terminology for the module, including "new or recently introduced terms" and "familiar terms and symbols."
  • In module 2 pays attention the use of the word "expression" by the students and teachers.
  • In module 6, students are asked to develop a definition of a coordinate plane, using precise mathematical language.

Gateway Three

Usability

Meets Expectations

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Gateway Three Details

The materials reviewed meet the expectations for usability. The problems and exercises are developed sequentially and each activity has a mathematical purpose. Students are asked to produce a variety of assignments. Manipulatives and models are used to enhance learning and the purpose of each is explained well. The visual design is not distracting or chaotic. It supports learning.  The materials support teachers in learning and understanding the standards. All materials include support for teachers in using questions to guide mathematical development. Teacher editions have many annotations and examples on how to present the content. There are answer keys for all the student problem sets, exit tickets, homework, and tests, including written annotations to show what student work should look like. In the teacher edition for each module, there is an overview section that has narrative information about the math content of the module. In each module, at the start of each topic, there is another section that gives a mathematical explanation of the mathematics content in the topic. There are a few specific descriptions of the coherence of the mathematics, however there is no discussion of the grade-level content's role in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Materials do provide information on connected content standards and pacing.

Eureka has a web page for parents that contains general information about the curriculum as well as a few informational videos. The web page also has a section called "Eureka Math Tips for Parents," which gives information organized by grade level and module. There is information about the instructional approaches and research connection in the documents called "How to Implement A Story of Units" and "A Story of Units: A Curriculum Overview for Grades P-5." Within the assessment criterion the materials only partially met the expectations.

There are no systematic ways to gather information about the prior knowledge of students, but teachers are offered support in identifying and addressing common student errors and misconceptions. Materials include opportunities for ongoing review and practice. While the summative assessments include information on standards alignment and scoring rubrics, the formative assessments do not include this same information. There are no systems or suggestions for students to monitor their own progress. In reviews for differentiation the marginal notes often suggest ways to support students as a whole and subgroups of students who might need extra support or those who may be advanced. This includes support for vocabulary, representations, engagement options, and materials. Application problems, problem sets, and homework are included in almost all lessons. These problems can be solved in a variety of ways. Students can choose their own solution strategy and/or representation. Suggestions are included for supporting ELL students and other special populations in order for them to actively participate. Notes within the lessons present the teachers a variety of options for whole group, small group, partner, or individual work. Materials encourage teachers to make home language connections and cultural ties to facilitate learning. The materials do not include a technology component for instruction, so this criterion was not rated. Overall, the materials meet the expectations for usability.

Criterion 3a - 3e

Use and design facilitate student learning: Materials are well designed and take into account effective lesson structure and pacing.
8/8
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Criterion Rating Details

The materials meet the criterion for use and design. The problems and exercises are developed sequentially and each activity has a mathematical purpose. Students are asked to produce a variety of assignments. Manipulatives and models are used to enhance learning and the purpose of each is explained well. The visual design is not distracting or chaotic. The visual design supports learning.

Indicator 3a

The underlying design of the materials distinguishes between problems and exercises. In essence, the difference is that in solving problems, students learn new mathematics, whereas in working exercises, students apply what they have already learned to build mastery. Each problem or exercise has a purpose.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The design of the materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectation for this indicator by providing students with ongoing opportunities to practice previously learned skills alongside their learning of new content. These materials use problem sets and application problems to develop their understanding of new mathematics. These materials use homework, application problems and fluency sessions to practice previously learned concepts.

  • Problems sets within the lessons include guidance on how to select and sequence the exercises.
  • Fluency exercises within the lessons include guidance on the purpose of each activity allowing the teacher to determine the necessary activities for the students.
  • "How to Implement A Story of Units" provides information for the teacher on the purpose for each lesson section.
    • "The primary goal of the problem set is for students to apply the conceptual understanding(s) learned in the lesson." (page 12)
    • "The bank of fluency activities for each lesson is intentionally organized so that activities revisit previously-learned material to develop automaticity, anticipate future concepts, and strategically preview or build skills for the day's Concept Development." (page 23)
    • "The homework gives students additional practice on the skills they learn in class each day. The idea is not to introduce brand-new concepts, but to build student confidence with the material learned in class." (page 13)
    • "A Story of Units doesn't wait months to spiral back to a concept. Rather, once a concept is learned, it is immediately spiraled back into the daily lesson structure through fluency and applications." (page 9)

Indicator 3b

Design of assignments is not haphazard: exercises are given in intentional sequences.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations of this indicator by using intentional sequences in the design.

  • Problem sets, exit tickets and homework relate to the mathematical concept developed in the lessons each day.
  • Once a concept is developed, it is spiraled back into the daily structure within the fluency and application portion.
  • The sequence of topics within each module is intentional going from working with a variety of concrete and pictorial representations to more abstract work with numbers and computation.
  • For example, module 1 goes from decimals on the place-value chart to place-value patterns, then to rounding, and then to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals.
  • Progressions are clear and obvious, as in mastering whole-digit operations before moving on to operations on fractions.

Indicator 3c

There is variety in what students are asked to produce. For example, students are asked to produce answers and solutions, but also, in a grade-appropriate way, arguments and explanations, diagrams, mathematical models, etc.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations of this indicator by providing a variety in what students are expected to produce.

  • Students are expected to produce answers and solutions throughout the fluency sections and some of the problem sets.
  • Students are expected to provide arguments and explanations within the problem sets, exit tickets and homework.
  • Students are asked to provide a variety of mathematical responses.
  • Arguments and explanations are the basis for the debriefing section of each lesson.
  • The "Read, Draw, Write" procedure requires students to represent the problem in a drawing and make connections between the drawing and the equations.
  • Throughout the modules and lessons students produce a variety of solutions, using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.
  • In Module 2, for example, students are asked to use place-value knowledge to solve multiplication problems (2.A.10); to write out reasoning why a strategy will or will not work (2.A.11); draw representations of multiplication, including ways to use the distributive property to solve harder multiplication (2.B.10); and to use an area model to solve multiplication problems (2.B.50).

Indicator 3d

Manipulatives are faithful representations of the mathematical objects they represent and when appropriate are connected to written methods.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations of this indicator by using manipulatives and models as faithful representations of the mathematics they are used to represent.

  • The materials use a limited set of concrete and pictorial models throughout the program.
  • Each module lists suggested tools and representations that apply to the mathematics in the module.
  • An example of how manipulatives are used occurs in module 4, lesson 2, in which square sheets of paper are used to help clarify the relationship between fractions and division. Later, counters and drinking straws are used to further this understanding (4.C.4).

Indicator 3e

The visual design (whether in print or online) is not distracting or chaotic, but supports students in engaging thoughtfully with the subject.
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations of this indicator by using a design that supports students in engaging thoughtfully with the subject.

  • The visual design is clean and simple and supports students in engaging with the mathematics.
  • There are no distractions on the student pages or teacher pages.
  • Student pages contain only math problems and pictures/diagrams as part of the problems.
  • The materials have very minimal pictures.

Criterion 3f - 3l

Teacher Planning and Learning for Success with CCSS: Materials support teacher learning and understanding of the Standards.
7/8
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Criterion Rating Details

The materials reviewed for this criteria meet the expectations by including materials that support teachers in learning and understanding the standards. All materials include support for teachers in using questions to guide mathematical development. Teacher editions have many annotations and examples on how to present the content. There are answer keys for all the student problem sets, exit tickets, homework and tests, including written annotations to show what student work should look like. In the teacher edition for each module, there is an overview section that has narrative information about the mathematics content of the module. In each module, at the start of each topic, there is another section that gives a mathematical explanation of the mathematics in the topic. There are a few specific descriptions of the coherence of the mathematics, however there is no discussion of the grade-level content's role in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Materials do provide information on connected content standards and pacing. Eureka has a web page for parents that contains general information about the curriculum as well as a few informational videos. There is also a section on the web page called "Eureka Math Tips for Parents" that gives information organized by grade level and module. There is information about the instructional approaches and research connection in the documents called "How to Implement A Story of Units" and "A Story of Units: A Curriculum Overview for Grades P-5." Overall, the materials reviewed include support for the teacher in planning and learning for success with CCSSM.

Indicator 3f

Materials support teachers in planning and providing effective learning experiences by providing quality questions to help guide students' mathematical development.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by supporting teachers in using questions to guide mathematical development.

  • Materials provide quality-suggested questions throughout the debriefing section of each lesson. For example, in module 4, students are asked, "Did you see other solutions that surprised you or made you see the problem differently?" and "Look at Problems 1(e) and 1(f). We know that 4 fifths and 1 seventh aren't equal, so how did we get the same answer?"
  • Quality questions are also included in the concept development portion, application problems and problem sets of the lessons.

Indicator 3g

Materials contain a teacher's edition with ample and useful annotations and suggestions on how to present the content in the student edition and in the ancillary materials. Where applicable, materials include teacher guidance for the use of embedded technology to support and enhance student learning.
2/2
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Indicator Rating Details

The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by including a teacher's edition with ample and useful annotations and suggestions on how to present the content.

  • The concept development sections include a sample script to help the teacher understand what might happen when presenting the material. These scripts can sometimes mask the mathematical concepts at hand, leading teachers to think that this script is exactly what should happen. A summary of the process and concept before the script would be useful.
  • Within the lessons, aside from the teacher script and wording in the teacher directions, most lessons have pictures and representations with annotations, demonstrating the concepts pictorially for the teacher, to provide guidance about how to present the content.
  • There are answer keys for all the student problem sets, exit tickets, homework and tests, including written annotations to show what student work should look like.
  • There are also boxes in the sidebar of many lessons that annotate information about how to present content to students.
  • There is a repeated process for solving word problems called the "Read, Draw, Write" approach, which the manual explains in the module overview.

The overview of each module has several suggestions for delivering instruction.

Indicator 3h

Materials contain a teacher's edition (in print or clearly distinguished/accessible as a teacher's edition in digital materials) that contains full, adult-level explanations and examples of the more advanced mathematics concepts in the lessons so that teachers can improve their own knowledge of the subject, as necessary.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by including adult-level explanations and examples of mathematical topics so that teachers can improve their own knowledge of the subject, if necessary.

  • In the teacher edition for each module, there is an overview section that has narrative information about the math content of the module.
  • In each module, at the start of each topic, there is another section of narrative that gives a mathematical explanation of the math content in the topic.
  • These topic-level explanations and overviews include mathematical coherence within and between grade levels.
  • "How to Implement A Story of Units" includes adult-level explanations of the models and representations used.

Indicator 3i

Materials contain a teacher's edition (in print or clearly distinguished/accessible as a teacher's edition in digital materials) that explains the role of the specific grade-level mathematics in the context of the overall mathematics curriculum for kindergarten through grade twelve.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 partially meet the expectations for this indicator. There are a few specific descriptions of the coherence of the mathematics, but there is no discussion of the grade-level content's role in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

  • There are explanations of the role previous content plays in each module. This is listed in the module overview in the Foundational Standards.
  • "A Story of Units: A Curriculum Overview for Grades P-5" contains a description of the module sequence that includes the connection to the previous grade and the next future grade. No connection is made to other grade levels.

Indicator 3j

Materials provide a list of lessons in the teacher's edition (in print or clearly distinguished/accessible as a teacher's edition in digital materials), cross-referencing the standards covered and providing an estimated instructional time for each lesson, chapter and unit (i.e., pacing guide).
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 do provide information on connected content standards and pacing.

  • Within each module overview there is a section called "Overview of the Module Topics and Lesson Objectives." It contains lessons broken down by topic and cross-references the standards at the topic level.
  • This overview also lists the number of days for each topic, as well as the total number of instructional days for the entire module, including assessments.
  • Lessons include a time frame for each activity in the lesson.
  • There is a yearly summary of standards and pacing.

Indicator 3k

Materials contain strategies for informing parents or caregivers about the mathematics program and suggestions for how they can help support student progress and achievement.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 include information and suggestions for parents.

  • Eureka has a web page for parents that contains general information about the curriculum as well as a few informational videos.
  • The web page also has a section called "Eureka Math Tips for Parents," which gives information organized by grade level and module.

Indicator 3l

Materials contain explanations of the instructional approaches of the program and identification of the research-based strategies.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 contain an explanation of the instructional approaches of the program.

  • A section on the Eureka web page called "Reports" details key research reports on mathematics instruction and learning.
  • There is annotation about the curriculum as it relates to these reports.
  • Both "How to Implement A Story of Units" and "A Story of Units: A Curriculum Overview for Grades P-5" contain information about instructional approaches and research connections.
  • The opening letter from Executive Director Lynne Munson addresses some of the research and philosophy behind the curriculum.

Criterion 3m - 3q

Assessment: Materials offer teachers resources and tools to collect ongoing data about student progress on the Standards.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 partially meet the expectations for this criterion. While there are no systematic ways to gather information about the prior knowledge of students, the teachers are offered support in identifying and addressing common student errors and misconceptions. Materials includes opportunities for ongoing review and practice. While the summative assessments include information on standards alignment and scoring rubrics, the formative assessments do not include this same information. There are no systems or suggestions for students to monitor their own progress.

Indicator 3m

Materials provide strategies for gathering information about students' prior knowledge within and across grade levels.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 do not meet the expectations for this indicator.

  • Foundational standards are listed for most modules, but there are no directions for using these standards to assess prior knowledge.
  • There are not systematic ways to gather information about prior knowledge.
  • There are no diagnostics included other than within the rubrics for the summative assessments.
  • There are no module pretests.

Indicator 3n

Materials provide strategies for teachers to identify and address common student errors and misconceptions.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by including strategies to identify and address common student errors and misconceptions.

  • Each summative assessment includes a chart showing "progression toward mastery" to help teachers with the coherence towards mastery.
  • On page 13, "How to Implement A Story of Units" says this about addressing errors and misconception: "Distractors for such questions are written to illuminate common student errors and misconceptions."
  • The student debrief section of the lesson is intended to invite the students to reflect and process the lesson. Strategies include partnering to guide students in conversation to debrief the problem set and process the lesson.
  • The marginal notes often suggest ways to support students as a whole and subgroups of students who might need support. In particular, the "Multiple Means of..." notes tend to focus on student misconceptions.

Indicator 3o

Materials provide opportunities for ongoing review and practice, with feedback, for students in learning both concepts and skills.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by including ongoing review and practice.

Ongoing review and practice is included within fluency section of lessons.

  • Exit tickets can provide feedback depending upon teacher use.
  • Review and practice also within the problem sets and homework that are included in every lesson.
  • The summative assessments contain rubrics to provide feedback to the teacher and student as to a student's progression toward mastery.

Indicator 3p

Materials offer ongoing formative and summative assessments:
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 partially meet the expectations for this indicator. The summative assessments meet the expectations, but the formative assessments do not.

  • For the Mid-module and end-of-module assessments, there are rubrics for scoring the items, as well as an answer key with sample answers.
  • Rubrics and scoring guides are clear and helpful. Examples of student work receiving top grades on the rubric are included.
  • In the "Progression Toward Mastery" section of the summative assessments there is a detailed rubric for grading student mastery from 1 to 4. If the student does not achieve total mastery (step 4), then the teacher can look at the next steps to see what or how to follow up with the student. For example, when a student's mastery is step 2, teachers can look at steps 3 and 4 to guide follow-up instruction.

Indicator 3p.i

Assessments clearly denote which standards are being emphasized.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 partially meet the expectations for this indicator. The summative assessments meet the expectations, but the formative assessments do not.

  • Mid-module and end-of-module assessments align each item to specific standard(s).
  • There are standards listed for each lesson; sometimes multiple standards are listed.
  • There are no specific standards listed within the lesson exit tickets. These exit tickets could possibly include multiple standards.

Indicator 3p.ii

Assessments include aligned rubrics and scoring guidelines that provide sufficient guidance to teachers for interpreting student performance and suggestions for follow-up.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 partially meet the expectations for this indicator. The summative assessments meet the expectations, but the formative assessments do not.

  • For the Mid-module and end-of-module assessments, there are rubrics for scoring the items, as well as an answer key with sample answers.
  • Rubrics and scoring guides are clear and helpful. Examples of student work receiving top grades on the rubric are included.
  • In the "Progression Toward Mastery" section of the summative assessments there is a detailed rubric for grading student mastery from 1 to 4. If the student does not achieve total mastery (step 4), then the teacher can look at the next steps to see what or how to follow up with the student. For example, when a student's mastery is step 2, teachers can look at steps 3 and 4 to guide follow-up instruction.

Indicator 3q

Materials encourage students to monitor their own progress.
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Materials reviewed for this indicator do not include self-monitoring for students. There is one exception within the fluency sprints. Students complete the sprint twice with a goal of increasing their score on the second round.

Criterion 3r - 3y

Differentiated instruction: Materials support teachers in differentiating instruction for diverse learners within and across grades.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the criterion for differentiated instruction.  The marginal notes often suggest ways to support students as a whole and subgroups of students who might need extra support or those who may be advanced. This includes support for vocabulary, representations, engagement options and materials. Application problems, problem sets and homework are included in almost all lessons. These problems can be solved in a variety of ways. Students can choose their own solution strategy and/or representation. Suggestions are included for supporting ELL students and other special populations in order for them to actively participate. Notes within the lessons present the teachers a variety of options for whole group, small group, partner, or individual work. Materials encourage teachers to use home-language connections and cultural ties to facilitate learning.

Indicator 3r

Materials provide strategies to help teachers sequence or scaffold lessons so that the content is accessible to all learners.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by including strategies to help teachers sequence and scaffold lessons.

  • The lessons are sequenced to build from conceptual understanding, using concrete and pictorial representations to more abstract representations.
  • The marginal notes often suggest ways to support students as a whole and subgroups of students who might need extra support. This includes support for vocabulary, representations, engagement options and materials.
  • Lessons and mathematical topics are sequenced according to the CCSSM progressions of learning.
  • A description of the module sequence and layout is provided.

Indicator 3s

Materials provide teachers with strategies for meeting the needs of a range of learners.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by including strategies for meeting the needs of a range of learners.

  • The lessons are sequenced to build from conceptual understanding, using concrete and pictorial representations to more abstract representations.
  • The marginal notes often suggest ways to support students as a whole and subgroups of students who might need extra support. This includes support for vocabulary, representations, engagement options, and materials.
  • "How to Implement A Story of Units" describes a variety of scaffolds and accommodations (page 13).

Indicator 3t

Materials embed tasks with multiple entry-points that can be solved using a variety of solution strategies or representations.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by providing tasks with multiple entry-points that can be solved in a variety of ways.

  • Application problems, problem sets, and homework are included in almost all lessons. These problems can be solved in a variety of ways. Students can choose their own solution strategy and/or representation.
  • The embedded tasks show the students multiple representations using drawings, charts, graphs, or numbers or words to solve.

Indicator 3u

Materials suggest support, accommodations, and modifications for English Language Learners and other special populations that will support their regular and active participation in learning mathematics (e.g., modifying vocabulary words within word problems).
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by including support for the English Language Learner (ELL) and other special populations in order for them to actively participate.

  • Notes on multiple means of engagement give teachers suggestions about meeting the needs of ELL students. These margin notes include sentence starters, physical responses and vocabulary support.
  • On pages 14-20 of "How to Implement A Story of Units," there are suggestions for working with ELL students and students with disabilities. Page 14 states, "It is important to note that the scaffolds/accommodations integrated into A Story of Units might change how a learner accesses information and demonstrates learning; they do not substantially alter the instructional level, content, or performance criteria. Rather, they provide students with choices in how they access content and demonstrate their knowledge and ability."

Indicator 3v

Materials provide opportunities for advanced students to investigate mathematics content at greater depth.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by offering instructional support for advanced students.

  • Notes on multiple means of engagement give teachers suggestions about meeting the needs of advanced students.
  • The curriculum specifies that not all pieces of each section of a lesson must be used, so advanced students could be asked to tackle problems or sections that a teacher does not use for all students.
  • "How to Implement A Story of Units" provides teachers with suggestions for working with above-grade level students (page 20).

Indicator 3w

Materials provide a balanced portrayal of various demographic and personal characteristics.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 meet the expectations for this indicator by providing a balanced portrayal of various demographic and personal characteristics.

  • The names and situations in the story problems represent a variety of cultural groups.
  • The application problems include real-world situations that would appeal to a variety of cultural and gender groups.
  • There is a balanced approach to the use of gender identification.

Indicator 3x

Materials provide opportunities for teachers to use a variety of grouping strategies.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 include a variety of grouping strategies.

  • Notes within the lessons present the teachers a variety of options for whole group, small group, partner, or individual work.
  • There are opportunities for different groupings, however the fundamental model is "Modeling with Interactive Questioning; Guided Practice; and Independent Practice."
  • There are also suggestions for small-group work within the differentiation pages of "How to Implement A Story of Units."

Indicator 3y

Materials encourage teachers to draw upon home language and culture to facilitate learning.
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The materials reviewed for Grade 5 encourage teachers to make home-language connections and cultural ties to facilitate learning.

  • There are occasions (mostly with Spanish) where students are encouraged to make connections to words in their home languages.
  • "How to Implement A Story of Units" offers teachers this guidance: "Know, use, and make the most of student cultural and home experiences. Build on the student's background knowledge."

Criterion 3aa - 3z

Effective technology use: Materials support effective use of technology to enhance student learning. Digital materials are accessible and available in multiple platforms.
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Reviews for this series were conducted using print materials, which do not include an instructional technology component. Materials were not reviewed for this criterion.

Indicator 3aa

Digital materials (either included as supplementary to a textbook or as part of a digital curriculum) are web-based and compatible with multiple internet browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.). In addition, materials are "platform neutral" (i.e., are compatible with multiple operating systems such as Windows and Apple and are not proprietary to any single platform) and allow the use of tablets and mobile devices.
0/0
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Indicator Rating Details

Reviews for this series were conducted using print materials, which do not include an instructional technology component. Materials were not reviewed for this indicator.

Indicator 3ab

Materials include opportunities to assess student mathematical understandings and knowledge of procedural skills using technology.
0/0
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Indicator Rating Details

Reviews for this series were conducted using print materials, which do not include an instructional technology component. Materials were not reviewed for this indicator.

Indicator 3ac

Materials can be easily customized for individual learners. i. Digital materials include opportunities for teachers to personalize learning for all students, using adaptive or other technological innovations. ii. Materials can be easily customized for local use. For example, materials may provide a range of lessons to draw from on a topic.
0/0
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Reviews for this series were conducted using print materials, which do not include an instructional technology component. Materials were not reviewed for this indicator.

Indicator 3ad

Materials include or reference technology that provides opportunities for teachers and/or students to collaborate with each other (e.g. websites, discussion groups, webinars, etc.).
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Indicator Rating Details

Reviews for this series were conducted using print materials, which do not include an instructional technology component. Materials were not reviewed for this indicator.

Indicator 3z

Materials integrate technology such as interactive tools, virtual manipulatives/objects, and/or dynamic mathematics software in ways that engage students in the Mathematical Practices.
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Indicator Rating Details

Reviews for this series were conducted using print materials, which do not include an instructional technology component. Materials were not reviewed for this indicator.

Additional Publication Details

Report Published Date: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2014

Report Edition: 2014

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  • Focus and Coherence

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