Summary of Alignment & Usability: Math Links | Math
The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 6-8 vary in alignment scoring. Grade 6 materials do not devote a majority of time to the major work of this grade level. Much of the content in this grade level is devoted to review of previous grade level standards. Limited evidence is found of connections being made between mathematical topics in Grade 6. In Grades 7 and 8 materials are found to focus appropriately on the major work of the grade level and to include examples providing coherence between mathematical topics. Grades 7 and 8 were reviewed for rigor and MPs. Both grades include strong conceptual development and fluency practice. However, both Grades 7 and 8 are found to be disproportionately lacking in application work, therefore not providing a balance of rigor. The materials in Grades 7 and 8 partially meet the criterion of meaningfully connecting the MPs to the content standards. These materials are not strong in their prompting of MP3 for the teacher nor for the students. The materials in Grades 7 and 8 are noted to be strong in their utilization of the specialized language of mathematics.