Montana Mathematics Content Standards and Resources

Mathematics Instructional Coordinator: Marisa Graybill | 406-444-0706

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Grade Level Standards

Achieve the Core Grade Level Focus Standards 

Alternate Math Standards (Core Content Connectors)Alternate standards are not formally adopted by the OPI but are aligned to and used in the creation of the Montana's Multi-State Alternate Assessment.

​​Tech Directors: To access a machine readable version of the official Montana Content Standards for Mathematics, please visit the IMS Global CASE Network site.  Create a free login, select Montana Office of Public Instruction, and view or download the standards.  The CASE version of the standards can be uploaded to student information systems, curriculum mapping programs, and a variety of other uses. Learn more about the CASE Network CASE Network FAQ

Fall 2020 Math Planning Resources

Ed Reports – Enhanced reports

  • EdReport's is a free Montana-based program through MTDA, ready to help schools with support for math programming in grades 5 to 12 identifying and addressing gaps and gains for fall, ACT Skill Prep, and providing supplemental class material for online/blended or face to face instruction. 

NCTM: Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of COVID-19

  • This joint document from NCTM & NCSM focuses on three areas with serious implications for equitable access to high-quality mathematics teaching and learning: structures, teaching practices, and advocacy. The document presents considerations, questions, and potential solution processes to address challenges from the pandemic.

Student achievement partners - Priority Math standards (Grade K - Algebra I) 

  • This document names the instructional content priorities in mathematics (K–8) for the 2020–21 academic year. It provides guidance for the field about the content priorities by leveraging the structure and emphases of college- and career-ready mathematics standards.

Charles A Dana Center - Front mapping tool 

  • This google folder holds lost learning mapping outlines for grades 4- Algebra I math courses. This tool can be used to connect standards or concepts that may not have been taught to future grade level standards.

Math Learning Center- Online Manipulatives and Activities

  • Free activities and virtual manipulatives for teachers to use in remote teaching or in person created by the folks that brought you Bridges Math Curriculum. 

Collections of Digital Manipulatives and Virtual Manipulatives. Also check out Geogebra's interactive virtual manipulatives and resources! 

Coherence Mapping tool- grades K- Algebra II

  • This spreadsheet is designed to help math teachers and leaders better understand the potential consequences of leaving gaps in their mathematics curriculum. It is a model of how many lessons and hours are needed to teach sequences of standards as defined by the Coherence Map. Created by Raymond Johnson, Mathematics Specialist, Colorado Department of Education.

Cognitively Demanding (Rich) Math Tasks - Online or Face-to-Face

  • This free digital resources contain Cognitively Demanding (Rich) Math Tasks to assist with engaging students in learning mathematics with technology online or face-to-face. This document was created by Hawaii Department of Education. 

Diagnostic and Assessment tools with next step guidance

Ed Ready Montana

  • EdReady Montana is ready to help support math grades 5 to 12 including  ACT Skill Prep, ID gaps and gains for fall. 

New Classroom’s Diagnostics and Academic Road Map

SBAC Interim Assessments- grades 3-12

  • Smarter Balanced Remote Learning page directs users to online resources for teachers, including administering interim assessments remotely. 
  • Tools for Teachers- Teacher created lesson plans aligned to our MT standards for math and ELA grades 3-12. Provide next steps after administer interim assessments. 

Gooru Education 

  • Navigator for Instructors helps instructors monitor learners’ progress, engage the class with rich-media content, and provide Go Live Assessments for real-time updates. This data informs instructor suggestions for additional activities to help learners achieve mastery.

Professional Learning 

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Course- Teacher Learning Hub 

Building the Foundation of Data Literacy 

Using Classroom Assessment to Identify Student Learning Gaps, Strengths and Needs for Instructional Purposes

Upcoming Professional Development 

Facilitated Math Courses: Check out our three-week, 9-15 renewal unit, facilitated math courses for all grade levels. Learn more about the 2020-2021 school year courses and sign up today on the Teacher Learning Hub! 2021-2022 Course Calendar is now release- take a look today! 

MEMCMontana Elementary Math Community is back up and running for the 20-21 school year. Join our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month from 4-5 pm. We will be discussing and sharing ideas on all things remote, blended and face to face teaching of elementary mathematics. Join our ongoing conversation via Slack

MCTMMontana Council of Teachers of Mathematics is hosting a collaborative series of learning sessions throughout the fall. To sign up, email

Check out our calendar of upcoming events- The Professional Learning Portal

A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction is an integrated approach to mathematics that centers on multicultural and multilingual students in grades 6-8, addresses barriers to math equity, and aligns instruction to grade-level priority standards. This resource can be applied to all subject areas and grade levels. The Pathway offers guidance and resources for educators to use as they plan their curriculum, while also offering opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice. The toolkit “strides” serve as multiple on-ramps for educators as they navigate the individual and collective journey from equity to anti-racism. Learn more about how to this resource from its creators by watching this video and reviewing the resources and video presentation on Achieve the Core. This resource is created for teachers, leaders, coaches and administrators. 

Featured Math Teacher Learning Hub Courses

Looking for free, online professional learning? Take a look at the Teacher Learning Hub for a variety of excellent mathematics courses.

2020-2021 Calendar of Math Facilitated Courses - grades K-12, take a look and sign up today for a course that meets your needs!

2021-2022 Calendar of Math Facilitated Courses - Facilitated course list for 2021-2022 is out! Mark your calendars today! 

How Can Your School Use the Courses?

  • Choose a course to take at your first math department or grade-level meeting. Use the course to center your discussion for the year! 

  • Check out the “Primary Claim Covered” for each course and select a course based on your Smarter Balanced Category report. While all courses cover all three claims, the Primary Claim is listed. 

  • Align your PIR day for time to discuss the course in person and for teachers to talk about implementation of new strategies learned during the course. 

  • Have teachers go through the list of courses during your first week of school and select which course is most relevant to them. Use the course as a topic of conversation for one-on-one teacher-principal meetings. 

  • Schools may use funds to provide stipends for teachers who complete the course outside of the contract day. This is a district level decision. (Note: teachers can not receive both a stipend and renewal units upon completion). 

Self-Paced Highlights! 

NEW! Multiplication Strategies: Multi-Digit Numbers

This course will provide educators with strategies for teaching multi-digit multiplication based on place value and properties.  Teaching multiplication in a way that connects with the learning progressions and Montana content standards is essential. Participants will have multiple opportunities to learn, practice, and analyze the strategies for efficiency.

But What About Fact Fluency?

"My kids just don't know their math facts!" If you have said this before and want to learn how to best help students improve fact fluency, this course will be valuable to you! 

Addition & Subtraction Strategies

Learn the various strategies for addition and subtraction based on place value, properties, and the inverse relationship. 

Multiplication Strategies 

"My kids just don't know their multiplication facts!" Have you ever found yourself say that statement? If so, this course is for you. The Montana Content Standards emphasize solving multiplication problems by using strategies based on place value and properties. This course will focus on how to build multiplication fact fluency with your students by building a conceptual understanding first to learn foundational and derived facts.


Family Resources

Looking to learn more about grade level expectations? Check out our Just for Families page. 

Roadmap of Montana’s Balanced Assessment System


  • Tools for Teachers- Teacher created lesson plans aligned to our MT standards for math and ELA grades 3-12. Provide next steps after administer interim assessments. 
  • Smarter Balanced Content Explorer Site: Learn more about Smarter Balanced's blueprints, claims, targets, standards, and sample items. 


SBAC Interim Assessments- grades 3-12


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