Common Core Essentials

Resources to Guide Common Core Implementation

Illustrative Mathematics and Common Core Tools


Illustrative Mathematics and Common Core Tools are two intimately related and critical sources of information on the design, interpretation, and implementation of the common core math standards. Common Core Tools is a repository of rich and rewarding reading on the structure of the standards as well as a running blog on the implementation of the common core, specifically on the Illustrative Mathematics Project.

From Illustrative Mathematics (text and picture):

“The Illustrative Mathematics Project will provide guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.

This website is currently under development. On completion, it will provide a process for submitting, discussing, reviewing, and publishing tasks [tasks are already posted and are growing by the day!]. It will also display the standards in multiple views and provide easy access to tasks associated with individual standards and tasks associated with higher order structures in the standards, such as those described in “Examples of Structure in the Common Core State Standards’ Standards for Mathematical Content” by Jason Zimba. It will provide context for some tasks with artifacts such as related student work and links to classroom lessons. Eventually, it will provide workspace where individuals or groups can create and react to tasks in either public or private forums.”


From Common Core Tools:

“News about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards”

There is a great deal of information on this site, but here are some particularly good places to start:

1.  The Structure is the Standards

2.  Standards for Mathematical Practice Presentation

3.  Visual Map of the Content Standards

4. Examples of Structure in the Content Standards


One comment on “Illustrative Mathematics and Common Core Tools

  1. Ellen Whitesides
    November 14, 2012

    Lots of interesting new stuff on these days. If you haven’t been there in a while, its worth it to go back. There are now 600 tasks and sketches of illustrations for the standards for mathematical practice.

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