August 29, 2017
Following the successful release of their middle school math curriculum, Illustrative Mathematics begins development of a comprehensive high school math curriculum that will also be freely available to schools.
Tucson, AZ — Illustrative Mathematics is pleased to announce they will be partnering again with Open Up Resources to develop a comprehensive high school math curriculum that will provide educators affordable access to standards-aligned content, teaching resources, and professional learning services that are not currently found in other curricula on the market. The curriculum is slated to be piloted during the 2018–19 school year and published as an Open Educational Resource (OER) for 2019–20 adoption by schools and districts. The high school math curriculum comes on the heels of the development of the highly anticipated Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math which is being evaluated by hundreds of districts.
“We are excited to continue our work with Open Up Resources to fill the quality gap in the K–12 mathematics curriculum market,” said acclaimed mathematician and Illustrative Mathematics founder and president, Dr. William McCallum. “There is a great need for high-quality standards-aligned curriculum across the grades. Our grades 6–8 mathematics curriculum addresses the focus, coherence, and rigor called for by the standards, so lacking in many curricula for grades 6–8. We now plan to do the same for high school. We will start by researching specific needs in high school classrooms for improved student outcomes, and will design the new high school mathematics curriculum in line with that research.”
The comprehensive high school curriculum will cover Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and will flow coherently from the middle school program. Based on sound mathematical progressions, the curriculum will develop students’ mathematical thinking skills through questioning, discussion, and real-world contexts and connections. The curriculum will also leverage the mathematical language routines developed by Stanford University’s UL-SCALE to support English language learners, and will include built-in differentiation supports for students with disabilities and accelerated students.
According to Dr. McCallum, “input from educators will be vital to the development of the high school curriculum. While we already know that existing math curricula aren’t meeting the needs of today’s educators, we want to make sure we address the specific gaps educators face. From the construct of the lessons to the teacher materials, we will ensure that the new curriculum provides educators with precisely what they need to develop students into mathematical thinkers.”
As with Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math, a range of professional learning services will be available from Illustrative Mathematics to introduce teachers to the design of the materials, built-in routines, and resources for differentiating instruction. Ongoing in-person and virtual support will also be available should questions arise as teachers implement the program in their classrooms.