Finding the right math materials that are aligned to California's content standards and meet the needs of your district can be overwhelming, particularly when examining a crowded marketplace. These steps help districts save time while maximizing choice.

  1. Know district needs.

    Consider the questions laid out in this Knowing Your Starting Point Data Inventory before digging into curricular options.

  1. Clearly identify district priorities, parameters, and a decision-making process.

    What are primary and secondary goals? What is the budget for this process, for supplementary materials, and for educator training and support? How will decisions be made? Review additional resources for information on the CA CCSS Math standards, and how to implement the CCSS Math. 

  1. Engage educators early and often and clearly define roles and responsibilities for educators within the process.

    Develop a clear communication plan to update all educators in your district on your progress and goals, not just adoption committee members.

  1. Engage community members.

    Curricular decisions affect the entire community, and engaging the school board, parent groups, unions, and other key stakeholders to provide input as the process unfolds will build support down the line.

  1. Winnow choices based on alignment to CA CCSS for Math.

    Identifying which materials are aligned to the standards is the best place to start with any adoption process. Gather evidence about materials from the Math Reviews page, which includes information about the materials both included and not included on the California SBE adoption list. Specific steps for K-8 and High School adoptions are outlined below. 

    For K-8 Math Materials
    For High School Math Materials
  1. Apply local priorities.

    After you’ve winnowed the field, work with your committee to develop and apply a rubric for determining how well materials meet the local priorities outlined in Step 2. Many districts apply these priorities through pilots or through PLC study of the materials.

  1. Make a decision.

    Prepare to share the data and how the process worked with your school board and the full education community. The ideas included in pages 79-83 of the ELA-ELD Adoption Toolkit can be used to support your math adoption process, as well. Reference the Math Evaluation Curriculum Toolkit from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC), in collaboration with the Fresno County Office of Education.

  1. Create a rollout and implementation plan.

    No materials will come off the shelf perfectly ready to meet your district’s needs. Map how materials need to be supplemented to become better aligned, what professional development your coaches, school leaders, and teachers will need, and how you will assess how well the materials are working over the next several years.