Academic Standards (K-12)

Math Benchmark Toolkit

We have created a new toolkit designed to support teachers in their efforts to improve mathematics achievement.

These materials will enable district and school staff to review their curriculum maps, make adjustments in the areas that are causing the most difficulty, and make sure classroom teachers have what they need to ensure students are understanding the more difficult concepts.

The documents are available below and are also posted on the mathematics standards page.

Questions may be directed to Sue Wygant, State Mathematics Specialist, at 651-582-8581. We hope that the materials provided in this toolkit will help foster rich dialogue and a focused approach to your school and district improvement efforts.

Mathematics Benchmark Toolkit Documents

How to Use the Mathematics Benchmark Toolkit. Suggestions for using the toolkit information for district and school improvement planning.

Overview of the Mathematics Benchmark Toolkit Documents. Descriptions of each document in the toolkit so that users can understand the purpose and benefits of each.

2007 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics by Grade with Benchmark-item Difficulty Coding. A compacted form of the Minnesota standards that does not contain the examples found in the official version of the standards and benchmarks. This format is convenient for viewing the standards and benchmarks by grade level. The benchmarks are color-coded according to the state-level benchmark-item difficulty data.

2007 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics by Progressions with Benchmark-item Difficulty Coding. A compacted form of the Minnesota standards that does not contain the examples found in the official version of the standards and benchmarks. This format arranges the standards and benchmarks according to progressions of mathematical content in the four strands. It is especially useful for understanding how mathematical ideas are connected across grade levels. The benchmarks are color-coded according to the state-level benchmark-item difficulty data.

Grade-Level Templates. EXCEL workbook with a template worksheet for grades 3-8 and high school. Each template has a table showing all benchmarks for each grade level. The benchmarks are color-coded according to the state-level benchmark-item difficulty data. Space is provided to record school or district information from the 2015 Mathematics MCA-III Benchmark Report.

District by Progressions Templates. EXCEL workbook with a template for grades all of the progressions as seen on the 2007 Minnesota Academic Standards in Mathematics by Progressions with Benchmark-item Difficulty Coding. The template has a table showing all benchmarks for each progression. The benchmarks are color-coded according to the state-level benchmark-item difficulty data. Space is provided to record school or district information from the 2015 Mathematics MCA-III Benchmark Report.