Math Implementation Support

Because materials implementation depends heavily on the content area, CalCurriculum provides content-specific implementation resources. Below are math solutions and resources to consider when evaluating your current math program. English language arts and science supports are coming soon.

CalCurriculum’s implementation process identifies three key areas of support in implementing a strong math program: 

Materials: The instructional materials that have been adopted and how well those materials match students’ and teachers’ needs.

Planning: The professional development that has been provided to help teachers make the most of their materials and the expectations and communications about those materials.

Delivery: The day-to-day teaching and learning in classrooms and the necessary support needed from school leadership and coaches.

In considering which area of support to prioritize first, we recommend investigating materials first, then moving to planning, and then delivery. There are often relatively easy and economical ways to improve materials and planning that can have a big impact on student outcomes. Supports provided during the delivery stage are critical to successful implementation but are typically more resource-intensive.



Emerging research shows how high quality math instructional materials provide teachers, students, school leadership, and other stakeholders with a measurable structure for delivering a quality education. Instructional materials help identify the learning goals, outcomes, and core competencies that students must demonstrate in math before moving to the next grade level or course and provide teachers with support to reach all learners. “When high-quality instructional resources, practice-based opportunities to learn, and collegial learning that enables development of shared knowledge...are made available to teachers, they are able to improve their knowledge, build habits and dispositions that support improvement, and improve student learning.”1

Instructional Material Reviews
Alignment to Grade Level Standards
Focus on the Major Work of the Grade (Anchor Standards)
Rigor and Mathematical Practices

1 Catherine C. Lewis, Rebecca R. Perry, Shelley Friedkin and Jillian R. Roth, Improving Teaching Does Improve Teachers, Journal of Teacher Education 2012


Planning how to introduce and implement adopted math instructional materials is as important as deciding which materials to adopt. After materials are chosen and purchased by a local education agency, implementation is where 90 percent of materials can fail. Part of a successful math curriculum implementation includes setting expectations for implementation, providing a clear and cohesive professional learning plan, and incorporating a systematic structure for teacher planning and collaboration. In essence, successful curriculum implementation focuses on supporting the teacher within their own context as they learn and implement the curriculum.

Setting Expectations
Professional Learning
Planning and Preparation Time for Teachers


Instructional delivery is the practice of teaching - translating standards-based math curriculum into student learning. “Among elements such as a well-articulated curriculum and a safe and orderly environment, the one factor that surfaced as the single most influential component of an effective school is the individual teachers within that school.”1 Strong math instructional delivery requires three key elements: educator knowledge of math content, standards, and curriculum; sound math instructional design; and an intentional learning environment.  

Educator Math Knowledge
Math Instructional Design
Learning Environment

1Marzano, Robert J. The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, 2007. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.