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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Support for Common Core

Performance Tasks To Support Common Core

Exemplars math material is an effective way to incorporate both the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice and Mathematical Content into your classroom.

Our differentiated, problem-solving tasks promote critical thinking and reasoning, and call on students to practice and apply mathematical ways of thinking to real-world issues. Material can be used for instruction, assessment and/or professional development.

Exemplars K-8 Math CDs offer:

Real-world, problem-solving tasks.

Open-ended material is designed to captivate students' interests and promote communication of their thinking and reasoning (leading to higher-order thinking).

Differentiated tasks for use with students at varying developmental levels.

Each math task is differentiated to include a more accessible and more challenging version.

Assessment rubrics.

Our standards-based math rubric supports CCSS for Mathematical Practice and NCTM Process Standards. The use of mathematical representations and communication are primary components. 


Material is aligned to Common Core, individual state, NCTM and STEM standards as well as various math texts.

Annotated anchor papers.

Each task includes anchor papers that demonstrate student work at the four performance levels of the Exemplars rubric. These may also be used for student self- and peer-assessment along with our student rubric.

Timely and comprehensive feedback.

Exemplars is a proven formative assessment tool that reflects student understanding, reasoning, achievement and growth to guide instruction and determine next steps for each individual learner.

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Our teacher-friendly tasks are designed to support both the Common Core and Citywide instructional expectations. GO Math! alignments are also available.
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Here's What People Are Saying

Embedding Common Core aligned Exemplars tasks into our units of study has strengthened teachers understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards while improving student performance. Significant growth in student achievement has taken place across the grades in the Mathematical Practices ... even our youngest students do the work of real mathematicians to represent and solve authentic real-world problems.

T. Appel Peterson

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