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Math Common Core Resources to Assist Teachers and Administrators
For Immediate Release: March 5, 2015

press-release2Boston, MA — Today, REL Northeast & Islands published a report on resources for educators teaching the math Common Core. “Quality Online Resources and Supports for Educators Teaching the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics” describes numerous online resources aligned to two areas of greatest need described by Northeast educators in a 2014 REL Northeast & Islands study—instructional resources and resources that could be used for teacher professional development.

In collaboration with the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance, in 2012 and 2013 REL researchers interviewed educators in rural schools in the Northeast who were preparing for or had begun implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, or CCSSM. In November, the Institute of Education Sciences at the US Department of Education published the findings in “What’s Happening? Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rural Northeast Region Schools” and in a summary brief. The report on quality online resources accompanies the study.

Two research questions guided the research study:

  • What are selected states and rural districts in the region doing to help teachers in rural schools prepare to teach the standards?
  • What challenges and needs do educators in rural districts face as they prepare to implement the standards?

To conduct the study, researchers interviewed a convenience sample of state and district educators in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont and surveyed a sample of teachers and rural schools in each of these states. They asked state and district leaders about their familiarity with and preparation for implementing the CCSSM, their plans and efforts, challenges facing rural school districts and teachers, and critical supports. They also surveyed teachers on their familiarity with CCSSM guidelines, available resources and supports, perceived implementation challenges and needs, and implementation plans and efforts.



“The findings revealed that states are providing web resources, establishing collaboration networks, and offering professional development opportunities to support CCSSM implementation, and that most teachers have access to CCSSM informational resources, but that there are ongoing needs around learning how to teach the more difficult content, support for changes in instruction, instructional materials, and opportunities for collaboration,” said REL Northeast & Islands Principal Investigator Kirk Walters. “These online resources and our accompanying study will help administrators, teacher-leaders, and teachers in rural districts in the Northeast improve their instructional activities as they continue to implement the standards.”

Download the report on online resources, the study, and summary brief.

Media Contacts:

Peter Orne (617) 618-2739, pjorne@edc.org

Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the US Department of Education, under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0009. REL-NEI is led by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and WestEd. EDC is a global nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development.

EDC is a global nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development.

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