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CCSS Toolkit: Mathematics - Shift 2

CCSS Toolkit

Shift 2: Coherence

Principals and teachers carefully connect the learning within and across grades so that students can build new understanding onto foundations built in previous years. A teacher’s strong understanding of learning progressions will help them monitor a student’s progress and intervene in a timely basis. A student’s understanding of learning progressions can help them recognize if they are on track and can enable them to productively take more responsibility for improving their skills. (NMAP, 2008, p.20-22; Mosher, 2011; CCSSM, 2010, p.4)

Awareness & Understanding

Explore Coherence and Progressions

Review introductory videos on the importance of coherence and progressions in the CCSSM


Examine Specific Content Progressions

Understand key content progressions within the CCSSM


Understand Domain Progressions/Conceptual Categories

Understand how content progresses within the domains across grades in the CCSSM. In high school, begin looking at how content could be organized in a three year course to address the CCSSM content.

K-8 Progressions

High School Progressions - Appendix A PDF  External Link 06/20/2011 (1.70 MB)


Become Familiar with Learning Trajectories

Understand how learning trajectories can help in developing concepts across grades.


Review Literature on Learning Progressions

Take time to review literature of why progressions and trajectories are important in supporting formative learning in mathematics


Study Content Progression Documents

Analyze how content progressions are articulated across grades within the CCSSM


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    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist