Meet the MATH 180 Spine

Three principles — called the MATH 180 Spine — have been engineered into MATH 180 to transform math instruction so that struggling students believe in the possibility of success, and their teachers have cutting-edge tools to accelerate them to the rigors of the new standards for math.

    • Progress: Topic GPS

      Progress: Topic GPS

    • Professional Learning

      Professional Learning

    • mTools


    • Success Zone

      Success Zone

    • Practice Mathematical

      Teaching Guide: DO NOW

    • Accelerate Students to Grade Level

      For middle-school students who are two or more years behind in math, time is of the essence. Reteaching every missed skill and concept simply isn’t possible. That’s why MATH 180 focuses on deep understanding and mastery of the essential skills and concepts necessary to unlock algebra and advanced mathematics. The MATH 180 scope and sequence is built around a focused and coherent curriculum that enables students to progress swiftly and successfully toward grade-level curriculum.

    • Focus on What Matters Most for Algebra

      An essential element of MATH 180 is the delivery of a coherent curriculum in which concepts build on one another cumulatively and in a logical progression. Rather than being an unlinked series of tricks and shortcuts, math must make sense, and knowledge should build as a series of progressions between grades and topics.

      In order to accelerate students to grade level, MATH 180 maintains a tight focus on the concepts, strategies, and content knowledge that matter most: those along the progression to algebra. MATH 180 delivers a concise and highly focused mathematics framework designed to maximize the value of instructional time. Each lesson provides a new concept or strategy that will be used repeatedly in future lessons, as students continually expand their toolbox of mathematical vocabulary terms, procedural strategies, and virtual manipulatives.
      See the Learning Progression to Algebra PDF

    • Make Progress by Making Connections

      Students in MATH 180 progress from concrete to pictorial (sometimes called "representational") to abstract representations of each concept—they learn with understanding, far beyond the automatic application of an algorithm. In each successive unit of MATH 180, students are encouraged to activate their prior learning and to access the models (mTools), tools, strategies, and resources common to multiple topics. In this way, students build mental connections between topics and transfer knowledge smoothly with a reduced strain on memory-retrieval processes.

    • Drive Rigor with Understanding, Fluency & Application

      Rather than trying to teach students a little bit of everything, learning and understanding must be deeper, with high learning expectations for each student. MATH 180 delivers on all three aspects of rigor: conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application.

      MATH 180 provides multiple opportunities to apply the concepts and procedures to realistic situations. Every block contains a career-based problem-solving mathematics simulation, where students use these concepts in a relevant and engaging scenario. In the Success Zone, students expand their understanding to nonroutine problems, including word problems inspired by the new assessments.

    • Practice Mathematical Thinking Every Day

      The Standards for Mathematical Practice are varieties of expertise employed by mathematically proficient students. MATH 180 emphasizes and delivers on all aspects of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

      Throughout the program, students are praised and rewarded with badges for their perseverance in problem solving and for attending to precision in every zone of instruction. Students construct viable arguments by sharing their reasoning, thought processes, and procedures with teachers and with one another in person and in writing. Students critique the reasoning of fictional classmates in the "Who's Right?" question type in the Success Zone and have opportunities to engage in mathematical discussions and debates in Group Instruction.

    • Leverage Power

      SAM Central

    • Progress Analytics

      Progress Analytics

    • Stretch Lesson Powered by the Groupinator

      Stretch Lesson Powered by the Groupinator™

    • High Leverage Practices

      High Leverage Practices

    • Professional Learning on Scholastic Central

      Professional Learning on SAM Central

    • Maximize Teacher Effectiveness

      We believe teachers are the key force behind effective math instruction. MATH 180's state-of-the-art Teacher Ecosystem is a "force multiplier" for teaching, dramatically increasing — or multiplying — effectiveness with support for teachers at every stage.

      Guided by Dr. Deborah Ball, the country's most respected voice in effective teaching practices, MATH 180 scaffolds less experienced teachers and provides a wealth of sophisticated supports to veteran math teachers — ensuring everyone has the tools they need to be greater at what they do best.

    • Leverage the Power of Technology

      SAM Central is a digital platform that provides 360° of instructional support and professional learning resources to ensure teacher preparedness. Teachers receive anytime, anywhere access to smart data, reporting, instructional videos, and tools like the Groupinator™ for automating differentiated instruction. SAM Central is comprehensive, cohesive, and convenient — a hub of support that empowers teachers and keeps them at the forefront of instruction.

    • Monitor Progress in Real Time

      Maximize effective teaching with access to smart data that saves time and drives effective instruction. The Teacher Dashboard offers anytime, anywhere access to the most important implementation and student performance metrics. Interactive reporting allows teachers to drill down to the individual student level for real-time progress monitoring and to track progress toward mastery of key concepts and skills.

    • Take the Guesswork out of Differentiated Instruction

      Using individual student performance data, the Groupinator dynamically assigns students to groups for daily instruction, simplifying the decision-making process. Teachers gain valuable insight into the needs of each individual student, so they can target instruction accordingly. Differentiated lessons delivered via the Groupinator provide teachers with the support to target the needs of students ready for a challenge and those who require additional support.

    • Elevate the Practice of Teaching

      A "high leverage practice" is an action or task central to teaching. High Leverage Practices from Dr. Deborah Ball's TeachingWorks organization are woven into the fabric of MATH 180 instruction. MATH 180 teachers grow and refine their teaching practices with support for recognizing common patterns in students' thinking, leading a whole-class discussion, assessing students' learning across lessons, facilitating discourse, and eliciting student thinking.

      Lessons include embedded questions that provoke student thinking to evaluate understanding, guide instructional decisions, and surface misconceptions, benefiting the larger group.

    • Empower Teachers for Continued Success

      Professional learning and coaching resources—powered by Math Solutions—preview upcoming lessons, highlight the reasoning behind MATH 180 instructional strategies, unpack the learning progression, and more. With a full suite of professional learning resources embedded in the instructional materials, teachers can practice using interactive visual models, games, and more. There are even opportunities for extended learning and one-on-one, in-person training and coaching services.

    • Mindset

      Growth Mindset

    • My First Two Weeks

      My First Two Weeks

    • Anchor Videos

      Anchor Videos

    • Brain Arcade

      Brain Arcade

    • Progress


    • All kids can learn math. We believe it and
      MATH 180 is engineered to help students believe it, too.

      The reality is many students struggle with math. They don't get it, and we start to hear them say things like: "Math is too hard," or "I'm just not good at math"—the products of a fixed mindset. MATH 180 is engineered to change that fixed mindset into what Dr. Carol Dweck refers to as a growth mindset.

      A growth mindset is about creating experiences to show students they learn math and that their efforts will pay off. A new, positive mindset will build their capacity to reason and enhance their self-confidence.

    • The Learning Process Is a Social Process

      With MATH 180, learning is a social event. The first two weeks of lessons in the Getting Started Guide establish the classroom as a community of learners. Teachers build a culture that welcomes mistakes and supports students as they persevere. Students engage with their peers—sharing and critiquing reasoning becomes part of the norm.

      Together, growth mindset develops for students and teachers—the classroom becomes a place where effort matters and where you can take chances and discover that failure is a key part of learning.

    • When Math Gets Real, Students Get Motivated

      We use math every day to think, reason, and problem solve. In fact, MATH 180 teaches math, so that students can build this problem-solving framework for use throughout their own lives, whether in school, at work, or just day-to-day. In order to shift the mindset, we must help students understand there is purpose for learning math.

      To demonstrate purpose, each MATH 180 block opens with a video and simulation that situates math content naturally in the world. The Explore Zone tasks provide students with a window into possible future careers.

    • Agency & Choice Fuels Change

      The Brain Arcade is a destination that MATH 180 students will be eager to visit. Filled with highly addictive learning games, the Brain Arcade creates a personalized playlist of games using data from past performance, along with upcoming objectives, to address the needs of each student individually.

      Students challenge themselves to get to the next level, while enjoying critical practice. They make choices about the games and can monitor their own progress. They can fail, in a safe environment, and quickly jump back in— a key principle of gaming design that fuels motivation.

    • Success Accelerates the Mindset Shift

      Success is an experience unparalleled in its ability to motivate. The mindset shift really picks up speed once students begin to witness their own success firsthand.

      Of course, MATH 180 provides students with many opportunities to track their own growth. A personalized newsfeed on the home screen gives students updates that are all about them. With Badges and Progress reports, students can see the badges they’ve accumulated, top scores, and topics they’ve completed. Seeing the real-time connection between effort and results feels good, and it makes students want to do more.