During the 2015-16 acadmic year, elementary Math Leads explored a variety of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned with math curricula. This collaborative exploration will strengthen teacher understanding and instructional strategies in relation to the CCSS and build a cohesive teacher leadership group that will recommend 2-3 curricula that are worthy of a formal pilot during the 2016-2017 school year.


In order to identify 2-3 curricula worthy of a pilot, it is required that a PAUSD teacher leadership team form and develop a deep understanding of the Common Core State Standards in both the knowledge and the application of math content and practices. This will also give all PAUSD classroom teachers a deeper understanding of the CCSS as they explore the new materials. A year of exploration also provides our district with more time and flexibility to prepare to begin the pilot phase.  Following this year of exploration, the formal pilot process will begin at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

Exploration vs Pilot: What is the difference?

Exploration Parameters and Description

 Exploration YearPilot Year
WhoTeachers, Math Leads, administratorsTeachers, Math Leads, administrators, community members, board members
WhatOpenly explore a variety of CCSS aligned materialsFocused, in-depth, highly organized pilot of 2-3 curricula
HowSchool sites choose from a variety of curricula to exploreFormal pilot schedule of 2-3 curricula
GoalNarrow curricula to 2-3 options for the formal pilot processMake a recommendation for a formal adoption to the PAUSD Board of Education

While maintaining the Everyday Math pacing, scope and sequence, and continuing to give periodic district assessments to maintain accountability, sites/teachers have a full-year in which they may sample parts or portions of different curricula. For example, teachers can choose from the list of different CCSS aligned programs, create a shared plan for exploring those materials, and swap out lessons from Everyday Math.

All teachers are not required to explore new materials. Those not exploring new materials will continue teaching the adopted Everyday Math curriculum. For those who choose to Exploration Materials, it is important that each teacher try at least two different curricula. Having hands-on experience with two or more curricula will expand our collective district knowledge on the quality of what is available. Looking at multiple curricula will also allow us to maintain objectivity as we thoughtfully select our pilot materials for the 2016-17 school year.

At the conclusion of the exploration period teachers will complete the form below documenting their experience with the curriculum materials.


Math Exploration 2015-2016 Timeline

Math TOSAs will connect with Math Lead Teachers at sites. This team will discuss how to get input from their teacher and principal to select materials to explore. (Mid-September)

  1. Math Leads/principals/staffs will select 2-8 different curricula they would like to explore. Principals/staffs can choose from the list of curricula provided, or other Common Core aligned materials. (End of September)
  2. The Elementary Education Department will order and deliver exploration materials. (October- November)
  3. Grade levels or individual teachers will create a plan for exploring materials (multiple lessons from at least two different curricula) and submit a plan to the principal. (October- November)
  4. Teachers will explore materials according to their individual or grade-level plan and agreements with their site principal. (November-March)
  5. Parent Input Survey and 6th Grade Teacher Survey (January-February)
  6. Summary of Parent Input Survey Results and 6th Grade Teacher Survey Results (March)
  7. Display Exploration Materials at District Office with community input (April)
  8. Establish Adoption Committee Members and Committee Learning Sessions (April-May)
  9. Math Lead Teachers and TOSAs will collect teacher feedback from the exploration period. (April- May)
  10. The Math Lead Team will make a recommendation of 2-3 curricula (based on teacher feedback and Lead Teacher work) for a formal pilot in following year.

Math Exploration Timeline