Growing number of districts turning to 6–8 Math authored by Illustrative Mathematics as their core curriculum for middle school mathematics

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Tucson, AZ – Dec. 10, 2018— In little over a year, Illustrative Mathematics (IM), the author and developer of high-quality core mathematics curricula and professional learning resources, has reached an impressive milestone. To date, more than200 districts and 300,000 students have implemented the core program, the  6–8 Mathcurriculum authored by Illustrative Mathematics, and nearly halfof thosedistrictshave significant Title I populations.

“Beyond the numbers, it’s the changes we are seeing in the classroom that are most exciting. Teachers are encouraged by the increased level of engagement in the math and are inspired to see how this new curriculum really showcases how capable students are,” said CEO Lisa O’Masta. “We developed IM 6–8 Math and IM Certified professional learningto support students and teachers with the critical resources they have been seeking to not only meet the standards, but create a world where ALL learners have the opportunity to know, use, and enjoy mathematics.”

Since its launch in late 2017, 6–8 Math authored by Illustrative Mathematics has been widely adopted across the United States, most recently in districts in North Carolina, Florida, and California. Currently being piloted with nearly 50,000 high school students, IM’s Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 Math sequence flows coherently from the 6–8 Math curriculum and will be available from IM Certifiedpartners in time for district adoptions in 2019-20. 

Educators whose districts have selected IM Certified curricula have the assurance that IM Certified partners have committed to:

  • Actively collaborating with IM on their modifications to enhance the material without negatively impacting outcomes
  • The strategically aligned mission and goal of IM
  • Give back to the ongoing development of the curriculum and professional learning so that all learners benefit

In addition, Certified partners receive the latest curriculum updates from the IM team.

In addition to the curricula, IM offers sustainable, scalable professional learning to improve educators’ abilities to deliver standards-aligned lessons and assessments, and to support the meaningful practice shifts that lead to improved student outcomes. To date, more than 3,000 educators have been supported with IM Certified professional learning.

“As important as my own positive reaction to Illustrative Mathematics 6-8 Math was how pleased the middle school teachers with whom I was working were to have access to free materials that were aligned with their goals, easy to use, incredibly supportive in terms of resources, questions and misconception discussions, and rich in possibilities for supporting their daily work.” Steve Leinwand, Principal Research Analyst AIR

Earlier this year, LearnZillion’s 6–8 Math authored by Illustrative Mathematics became the highest-rated middle school math curriculum on EdReports, meeting expectations across all three review categories: focus and coherence, rigor and mathematical practices, and usability. 

Click here to learn more about IM Certified math curricula for middle and high school.

About Illustrative Mathematics

Illustrative Mathematics is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics. We develop and deliver core mathematics curriculaalong with deeply integrated professional learning experiences that ensure students receive engaging, high-quality mathematics instruction. Learn more at

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