Montana K-12 Core Curricula









Mathematics (K-12 Eureka Math)

Eureka Math—also known as EngageNY—is a complete, PreK through 12 curriculum that carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted modules. Eureka provides educators with a comprehensive curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials.

If you are parent of a Libby student, you’ve probably noticed that the Eureka Math curriculum is taught using different methods than the ones you were taught in school. Eureka was built around the core principle that students need to know more than just what works when solving a problem—they need to understand why it works. The curriculum goes beyond facts and formulas, teaching students to think about math conceptually. This helps students become not merely literate, but fluent in mathematics. 
Eureka Math is designed to give students a deeper understanding of mathematics. One way this is accomplished is by following a logical progression from concrete to pictorial to abstract. To start, students learn mathematical concepts using actual objects or situations. From there, they transition into using pictures or models, such as tape diagrams, ten frames, and number bonds. Once they “see” what’s happening, they use symbols and standard algorithms because they now understand what makes those processes work. The Eureka curriculum is presented as a cohesive story that flows logically from grades PK–12. This approach helps students build on what they’ve learned year after year, ensuring that they’re prepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow
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K-6:  SRA Imagine It! (2007), based on extensive research and fifty years of proven results, Imagine It! combines explicit, easy-to-follow instruction with frequent progress assessments to meet the needs of every student. This exemplary SBR program provides intervention materials, software, and web-based activities to support low performing students. Under the guidance of our reading coach, our K-6 teachers aligned the Imagine It! pacing guides with the2003 Montana Reading Essential Learning Expectations (ELE) and anticipate realigning to the 2010 Reading ELE as soon as they are released.

7-12:  SRA KaleidoscopeSopris West REWARDS, and Prentice Hall Literature are the SBR materials, software, and web-based program used to support remediation, intervention, and enriched programming for the individual needs of LEAP students.  All three programs are correlated to Montana’s reading standards and the 2003 Reading ELE.  Our district reading team anticipates realigning these programs to the 2010 ELE as soon as they are released.

National Common Core State Standards

The Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) released the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics publicly on June 2, 2010. 

Governor Brian Schweitzer and Superintendent Denise Juneau joined 48 other states in agreeing to participate in the development of the common core standards in mathematics and reading/language arts.

The Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards are:

  • Aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Evidence-based.

Kris Goyins, OPI Communication Arts Curriculum Specialist, and Jean Howard, OPI Mathematics Curriculum Specialist, are working with Montana Educators to analyze the alignment of the Montana Content Standards in communication arts and mathematics with the Common Core State Standards.  In the coming months this information will be presented to the Montana Board of Public Education (BPE), and Superintendent Denise Juneau will make a recommendation to the BPE in May 2011 concerning the Common Core State Standards.  In December 2011, the BPE that will make the final decision on adoption in accordance with its authority as the rule making body for Montana’s K-12 schools.

September 21, 2010:  Common Core Standards Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

March 2011, OPI Update:  Common Core Standards Initiative Webinar

OPI Common Core Standards Website

Imagine It! Common Core Standards Alignment for K-6 Language Arts and Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects