## EdReports.org’s Review of Eureka Math

Here’s the quote from Education Week that summarizes the report in a nutshell:

In all, just one curriculum series stood out from the pack. Eureka Math, published by Great Minds, a small Washington-based nonprofit organization, was found to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards at all grade levels reviewed.  edweek.org

The full report can be found at edreports.org.  A graphic showing the overall alignment for all curricula can be found here.

As the lead writer and lead mathematician of the Eureka Math curriculum, I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful writers who worked so hard on this project.  Let’s keep listening to the teachers and parents who are using our curriculum, and use their advice to make it even better.

I also agree with Lynne Munson, President and Executive Director of Great Minds, when she says:

The teachers who wrote Eureka Math have so much to be proud of today.  Indeed, Eureka is exemplary because the people who wrote it are extraordinary.  Eureka is the result of a historic collaboration between teachers and mathematicians, who know the standards, the math, and the best practices for teaching students.  Every student deserves a great math education, because every child is a great mind in the making. —Lynne Munson

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### 5 Responses to EdReports.org’s Review of Eureka Math

1. howardat58 says:

I had a look at the Eureka Math stuff. Liked the fractions until I found that Matt had collected 5 2/5 gallons of sap. What scale was he using, or was it a conversion from metric?

j. 3 L 251 mL + 1 L 549 mL
k. 4 kg 384 g + 2 kg 467 g
NOBODY in the real world uses mixed units in metric. This is pounds and ounces era.

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• I simply disagree with your statement that nobody uses mixed units for metric. There are times when it is desirable to emphasize the whole number of kilograms, kilometers, etc. While most people/companies do use a decimal point (writing 4.384 kg instead of 4 kg 384 g), that adult measurement assumes a knowledge of (1) the relationship between grams and kilograms and (2) the meaning of numbers with decimal points, neither of which 3rd graders are expected to understand well at this point. In fact, these types of problems are being used to develop these two concepts so they can understand the adult measurements!

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2. kernee says:

I’m teaching with eureka asked it is over my students’ heads. The concepts are great but way to abstract to be developmentally appropriate. It is frustrating and difficult to teach to elementary.

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• Hi kernee,

Please give it some time. You are probably still learning the curriculum (its motivations, its style, what it emphasizes, etc.) this year. Next year will be easier. Plus, as students come up from the lower grades, they will start arriving to your grade already knowing many of the models, abstractions, etc. you are working with your students on this year.

Thank you for sharing, and please let me know how it is going from time-to-time. Also, check out the “Growing up with Eureka” channel on my website. It has lots of great videos and accompanying articles that can help with the “unit math” theme that actually makes learning arithmetic much, much easier over the entire K-6 elementary school years.

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