Dana Center and Agile Mind, Inc. launch The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

Posted on November 14, 2011

With more than 40 states and the District of Columbia formally adopting the Common Core State Standards, the need for support in implementing these standards is great.

To help meet this need in mathematics, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Agile Mind, Inc. have collaborated to develop an online toolbox, available at www.ccsstoolbox.org or www.ccsstoolbox.com, to support educators as they implement the standards. The toolbox includes information about the standards, visualizations of key mathematics concepts, assessment tools and tasks, and other resources.

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and for English Language Arts arose from efforts to better prepare American students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career. The standards are the product of a major, multiyear, state-led initiative coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The Common Core State Standards present an extraordinary opportunity for school districts across the country to move to higher levels of achievement for all students.

The Dana Center has been involved in standards-based education since the mid-1990s, when the Center worked with mathematics and science educators across Texas to develop the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in science and mathematics. Since then, the Center has worked in Texas and other states to support standards-driven improvement of local education systems.

Kathi Cook and Brian Newsom led development of the online toolbox on behalf of the Dana Center, with significant contributions from other Dana Center staff members who are also involved in the Common Core work.