OSPI provides the following supportive materials for educators.
Assessment Updates contains pertinent information for Washington educators. These documents include summaries of changes for each year, new information in mathematics assessment, links to resources for teachers and sample test items. Updates are customized into three groups: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and end-of-course.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
This is a joint effort of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of chief State School Officers in partnership with Achieve, ACT, and the College Board support a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.
Online Tools Training (OTT) Lesson Plans
The Mathematics Assessment Team shares a flexible classroom lesson plan to accompany Practice A of the Online Tools Training for the online MSP.
Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work
These documents list actions students can take to increase their test scores, based on scoring thousands of student responses. These can be used to help teachers inform and focus instruction.
Test and Item Specifications
These documents describe guidelines for writing test items, the type and number of items on each test, and specific information about which Performance Expectations will be assessed using multiple-choice, completion, and/or short-answer items.
Vocabulary lists for the MSP and EOC Exams are available at the bottom of the
webpage in an excel sheet.
The purpose of these crosswalk documents is to identify the standards that
are assessed on each end-of-course assessment.
Teacher Resource Tool
The Web-based teacher resource tool assists teachers with information about the test questions on the Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science State Assessments. Teachers can access descriptions of the test questions, the item specifications, state performance on each question, and sample questions for classroom instructions.
Released Items: Samples From Previous Years
These documents contain released WASL items from 2006 to 2008, including information on scoring open-ended items and annotated examples of scored student work. Some of these items align to the new K-12 mathematics standards and can be used in the classroom.
Standards Professional Development
The OSPI Mathematics office encourages teachers to use these materials for standards-based instruction. Most documents are available in Word format for download and editing.
Early Math Brochure
Children naturally love numbers. They learn about numbers through their daily play in
their environment. The more they explore with counting, numbers, and shapes the
more prepared they will be for kindergarten.
Like-User Groups Wikis
This space is for Like-User Groups to share and collaborate around resources on instructional materials for particular published series.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Focal Points
The curriculum focal points are important mathematical topics for each grade level, pre K-8. These topics are central to mathematics and can serve as an organizing structure for curriculum design and instruction.
Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RTI) for Elementary and Middle Schools, April 2009 (PDF, 104 pages)
Students struggling with mathematics may benefit from early interventions aimed at improving their mathematics ability and ultimately preventing subsequent failure. This guide provides eight specific recommendations intended to help teachers, principals, and school administrators use Response to Intervention (RtI) to identify students who need assistance in mathematics and to address the needs of these students through focused interventions.
Instructional Support Modules
The Segmented Mathematics Course was an alternative for students who had not met standard on the mathematics portion of the high school WASL. With the revised 9-12 Mathematics Standards in Washington State, these modules could be adapted to the new high school standards to provide the same resource. These instructional support modules are also available on the Grade Level Standards & Resources Web site.
Math Avenues is a series of problems that address area, perimeter, and
volume in standards from grade three to seven. Each extended activity is
aligned with the current WA State Mathematics Standards. An overview,
teacher materials, student materials, and aligned assessments are provided.