Teaching to Standards: MATH
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Getting Started - An overview of the program, featuring teachers and students

Teaching to Standards: MATH

Provides students with disabilities access to a standards-based math program

Teaching to Standards: MATH is a systematic math curriculum for middle and high school students with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities, including autism.

  • Shown effective with students with significant developmental disabilities
  • Accommodates students who communicate nonverbally
  • Appropriate for middle school through high school age students
  • Multi-year curriculum
  • Scripted lessons
  • 5 levels of teacher support
  • Aligns to state and national standards, including NCTM and the common core
  • Covers Geometry, Algebra, Data Analysis, and Measurement

ISBN: 1-57861-638-7

ProductItem No.PriceQty.
Teaching to Standards: MATH Introductory KitTE-M10W
Teaching to Standards: MATH Classroom KitTE-M20W
Teaching to Standards: MATH MathWork Student BookTE-M01W
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Two years of ongoing research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have shown the program to be highly effective in teaching math skills aligned to NCTM standards. Each student has his/her own MathWork book. Daily lessons begin with a real-world story illustrated with picture cues, and are taught with fading support levels. Stories are read to the students so no minimum reading level is required. A graphic organizer presents a problem for every story. Students write or place manipulatives to work out the solution.

Teaching to Standards: MATH is a multi-year program for students in middle school through high school with:

  • Autism
  • Severe Cognitive disabilities
  • Moderate cognitive disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Mild disabilities who are English learners

Introductory Kit -

  • MathWork student book
  • 11 Problem Solving Posters
  • Counting manipulatives
  • Implementation Guide
  • Reproducible image library on CD
  • PDF files of student materials
  • Getting Started staff training DVD

Classroom Kit -

  • 8 MathWork Student Books
  • 2 sets of posters
  • All other materials listed in the Introductory Kit

Extra MathWork Student Books are available separately in any quantity.

Getting Started DVD

A comprehensive DVD covering the essentials of TSM is provided with each purchase.

Reproducible Resources

PDF Files are included for all reproducible pages. Purchasing the TSM curriculum gives you license to print from PDFs or photocopy the materials.

REPRODUCTION —There's no need to worry about damaged pages or the right to create extra pages. Simply print out any reproducible page as a replacement or as extra copy.

MODIFICATION — Original TSM art is provided in JPEG format for creating teacher-made materials to supplement and adapt the TSM curriculum. Import the art into BoardMaker, Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, and create bulletin board decorations, add them to letters for families, etc.

By Katherine Trela, PhD, Bree Jimenez, MEd, and Diane Browder, PhD. MathWork student book is printed in color, spiralbound, 149 pages; Implementation Guide, spiralbound, color, 238 pages, 2008.

Teaching to Standards: MATH is also part of our Core Curriculum Solution: Secondary.



Teaching to Standards: MATH Foundations

Teaching to Standards: MATH is based on exhaustive analyses of published research on teaching basic academic skills to students with significant disabilities. Findings identified geometry, algebra, and problem solving as areas in need of evidence-based instruction in order for students with significant disabilities to gain access to NCTM math standards. The research team developed interventions to teach academics aligned with general education curriculum to students with significant cognitive disabilities, focusing on secondary level content and performance standards. 

Published articles:

Browder, D. M., Jimenez, B. A., & Trela, K. (2012). Grade-aligned math instruction for secondary students with moderate intellectual disability. Education and Training in Autism and Development Disabilities, 47, 373-388.

Browder, D.  M., Trela, K., Courtade, G.  R., Jimenez, B. A., Knight. V., & Flowers, C. (2012). Teaching mathematics and science standards to students with moderate and severe developmental disabilities. The Journal of Special Education, 46, 26-35.