Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
The official Illinois standards for mathematics are the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M). The CCSS-M is the foundation of District 65’s core curriculum in mathematics. The CCSS-M raises the bar for student performance as a way to enable college- and career-readiness in the 21st century. In other words, the CCSS-M guide the way to success for our students. They define what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level or course in mathematics.
Parents are also encouraged to access content and grade-specific parent roadmaps developed by the Council of the Great City Schools. These roadmaps include examples of grade-level focus in the content area, sample progressions of learning across three grade levels in the Common Core, and tips to parents on communicating with teachers about their child’s work and how to support student learning at home.
District 65 uses Eureka Math, in combination with Zearn and ST Math, for kindergarten through 5th grade. The Eureka Math curriculum supports District 65’s commitment to all students to be at grade level. For more information, please refer to the bottom of this page. Below are the learning plans and expectations for each grade level:
Parents can sign-in to the Great Minds-Eureka Math website to access Parent Tip Sheets by grade-module-topic.
District 65 was one of 40 school districts in the U.S. selected to pilot the new DESMOS curriculum for grades 7 and 8 for this 2020-21 school year. Desmos' core middle school math program pairs the open-source middle school curriculum from OpenUp Resources/Illustrative Mathematics with powerful technology, humanizing pedagogy, and intuitive design from Desmos.
The 2021-2022 will utilizes Desmos' resources to drive its core curriculum for all grades 6,7, and 8.
The STEM Department hosted a Math Night on May 24, 2021 providing an overview of the middle school program. The evening included the perspectives of students and educators, as well as an overview from adminstration. To learn more, you may watch a recording of the event. The slide deck presentation for the evening is available in English or Spanish.
Below are the learning plans for each grade level for the 2020-21 school year:
What is it?
ST Math is a visually-based program, used primarily by students K-5, that is designed to grow children’s understanding of mathematics in a way that is organic and authentic. ST math is completely visual and provides students a level of independence that helps establish genuine ownership of the learning. To hear more about ST Math as a way to learn math "without words", watch this 8-minute TedTalk.
How much should students be using ST Math?
Your child should be using ST Math several times each week. In total, your child should be spending the following amount of time each week on ST Math:
- 60 min/week (Kindergarten and 1st grade)
- 100 min/week (2nd and 3rd grade)
- 120 min/week (4th and 5th grade)
See your teacher for more direction about ST Math usage day to day.
What do students do?
When students sign into ST Math, they click one of three options to begin playing:
- My Journey or
At this time, we are focusing on “Assignments”. The "assignments" path includes objectives that are aligned to what students are learning in each Eureka Math module. As the year progresses, teachers will begin providing assignments as well, which are custom to individual student needs.
To learn more about ST Math, please follow this link to the ST Math website for more information.
Why Eureka Math?
While District has used Everyday Math for a number of years, our experience in the spring of 2020 exposed a number of issues regarding the programs functionality as a remote-learning curriculum. As a result, the district examined possible alternatives, landing on the choice to use Eureka Math. Eureka Math is the most used curriculum in the United States. It is highly rated on Ed Reports and offers tools that will allow our educators to stay connected with students’ academic progress during remote learning. In addition, the program offers Spanish components that are more robust for remote learning than those offered by Everyday Math, including Spanish language videos.