### MathScore Inherently Aligns to the NCTM Focal Points

On September 12, 2006, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a landmark document, Curriculum Focal Points for PreKindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics. Experts throughout the United States spent 18 months to produce these new guidelines, which focus on foundational topics and resemble the standards of Asian countries, such as Singapore. A noteworthy component of the Focal Points is the emphasis on memorizing addition and multiplication math facts, seen in 2nd and 4th grade.

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MathScore has always focused on building a solid foundation. Our system was explicitly designed to help students develop rigorous, thorough mastery of foundational topics through automated fill-in-the-blank (not multiple choice) questions that adapt difficulty based on performance, giving every student a unique learning experience. We then build upon that foundation with a variety of math topics to promote a solid understanding of mathematical concepts.

Long before the Curriculum Focal Points were released, MathScore already supported nearly every focal point from grades 2 to 8, confirming that our approach is solid. Here is our alignment:

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Developing an understanding of the base-ten numeration system and place-value concepts Place Value to 1000
Developing quick recall of addition facts and related subtraction facts and fluency with multidigit addition and subtraction Fast Addition, Fast Subtraction, Long Addition, Long Subtraction
Developing an understanding of linear measurement and facility in measuring lengths We belive this requires hands-on work, not a computer, so we do not support this focal point.
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Developing understandings of multiplication and division and strategies for basic multiplication facts and related division facts Multiplication Facts Strategies, Fast Multiplication, Fast Multiplication Reverse, Fast Division
Developing an understanding of fractions and fraction equivalence Fraction Pictures
Developing and analyzing properties of two-dimensional shapes Polygon Names, Triangle Types
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Developing quick recall of multiplication facts and related division facts and fluency with whole number multiplication Fast Multiplication, Fast Mulitplication Reverse, Fast Division
Developing an understanding of decimals, including the connections between fractions and decimals Order Decimals, Fractions to Decimals, Decimal Addition, Decimal Rounding
Developing an understanding of area and determining the areas of two-dimensional shapes Compare Rectangle Area and Perimter
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Developing an understanding of and fluency with division of whole numbers Long Division, Long Division with Remainders
Developing an understanding of and fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals Fraction Addition, Fraction Subtraction, Fraction Simplification, Fractions to Decimals, Decimal Addition, Decimal Subtraction
Describing three-dimensional shapes and analyzing their properties, including volume and surface area Rectangular Solids, Rectangular Solids 2, Triangular Prisms, Cylinders
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Developing an understanding of and fluency with multiplication and division of fractions and decimals Fraction Multiplication, Fraction Division, Decimal Multiplication, Decimal Division, Small Decimal Division
Connecting ratio and rate to multiplication and division Distance, Rate, and Time, Proportions 1, Proportions 2
Writing, interpreting, and using mathematical expressions and equations Variable Substitution, Single Variable Equations 1, Phrases to Algebraic Expressions, Integer Equivalence, Linear Equations
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Developing an understanding of and applying proportionality, including similarity Proportions 1, Proportions 2, Purchases at Stores, Restaurant Bills, Determining Slope, Graphs to Linear Equations
Developing an understanding of and using formulas to determine surface areas and volumes of three-dimensional shapes Rectangular Solids, Rectangular Solids 2, Triangular Prisms, Cylinders
Developing an understanding of operations on all rational numbers and solving linear equations Single Variable Equations 3, Integer Addition, Integer Subtraction, Integer Equivalence, Integer Multiplication, Integer Division
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Analyzing and representing linear functions and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations Single Variable Equations 3, Applied Linear Equations 1, Applied Linear Equations 2, Systems of Equations Substitution, Systems of Equations Addition
Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures by using distance and angle Pythagorean Theorem
Analyzing and summarizing data sets Mean, Median, and Mode

Our proprietary difficulty adaptation algorithms enable our students to develop rigorous competence and understanding of nearly every NCTM focal point in grades 2-8. By using MathScore.com, your students will practice these concepts as much as necessary to master them without any paperwork to grade. In addition, you'll be able to analyze progress in detail with only a few mouse clicks.

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