Mathematics

In 2008, through Idaho Statute 33-1627, the Idaho legislature acknowledged that mathematical skills are increasingly important to the future academic and career success of Idaho students. To promote the improvement of mathematical instruction and student achievement, the statute calls for one or more of the following; high quality, ongoing professional development for Idaho educators, a statewide online mathematical instruction program for remedial and advancement opportunities and formative assessments to assist teacher in identification purposes. It is through this statute that the Idaho Math Initiative is funded.

For additional information on Idaho’s Math Initiative, click on one or more of the programs below.


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Idaho Statute 33-1627 requires the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) to:

  • Provide high quality professional development for teachers that is intensive, ongoing and connected to classroom practice, which focuses on student learning, aligns with school improvement priorities and goals, and builds strong working relationships among teachers.

To this end, through yearly funding appropriated by the Idaho State Legislature, the Idaho State Department of Education and Idaho’s institutions of higher education, through Idaho’s Regional Mathematics Centers, have partnered to develop and produce a systematic statewide effort. The focus of the partnership is to provide Idaho public districts and schools with deep, sustained, effective professional development, which will allow for Idaho educators to make the necessary instructional shifts to effectively teach Idaho’s Content Standards for Mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practices with integrity and with the intent to raise student achievement.

The Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers are housed within the colleges of education at each of Idaho’s four-year institutions of higher education: Boise State University, Lewis Clark State College, Idaho State University and University of Idaho. The diversity and geography associated with Idaho’s districts and schools necessitates a need for a statewide system of regional centers. Each center is staffed with Directors and Regional Specialists, all of whom have experience in K-16 mathematics education, designing and delivering professional development, instructional technologies, and educational research. Regional center staff work collaboratively with the Idaho State Department of Education and representatives from local industries, as well as faculty from higher education to ensure the best possible support is provided for each region.

To find out additional information in regards to a specific region’s Mathematics Center, please visit one of the links below. Please contact your Regional Math Specialist, for more information.

In partnership with the Micron Technology Foundation, the Idaho State Department of Education, through funding from the Idaho Math Initiative, assembled over 100 Math Fun d'Mentals kits for Idaho school districts to use when hosting a Family Math Night. The Math Fun d'Mentals kit helps students develop their mathematical understanding through active engagement in fun activities. These activities encourage students to build on what they already know, and to verbally express how they know it. The kit also helps to actively engage parents in their children's education.

The Department of Education's final assembly of the math kits was in the spring of 2010. The kits are available to your school by simply contacting a math kit contact representative and scheduling a check out date and time for a Family Math Night. In addition to district kits, we have kits available for check out through our Regional Math Specialists.

In 2007, the Idaho State Department of Education formed a joint task force committee to determine the needs and make recommendations regarding a statewide mathematics initiative. Based on the committee's recommendation, the Idaho state legislature and State Board of Education passed rule in spring of 2008 requiring all K-12 mathematics educators and administrators in the state to take a three-credit professional development course titled Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI).

The current approved alternate for the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI) course is the Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) course.

While the funding for the administration of the course is currently covered by the SDE, credits needed for recertification are not covered.

Recertification Requirement

According to IDAPA 08.02.02.015.10.a, in order to recertify, a select group of Idaho educators and administrators are required to take one of the three state approved MTI or TMT courses. The following educators are required to successfully complete the course:

  • Each teacher holding an Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended endorsement (Birth - Grade 3) who is employed by a school district or charter school as a K-3 multi-subject or special education teacher
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Instructional Certificate (K-8) who is employed by a school district or charter school as a K-6 multi-subject teacher
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Instructional Certificate (6-12) teaching in a mathematics content classroom (grade six (6) through grade twelve (12)) including Title I who is employed by a school district or charter school
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Exceptional Child Generalist Endorsement who is employed by a school district or charter school as a special education teacher
  • Each school administrator coming from out-of-state holding an Administrator Certificate who is employed by a school district or charter school

Please view the “Training” tab in the blue menu bar below for MTI and TMT schedules.

Interim Certificates

According to IDAPA 08.02.02.016.03, all Idaho teachers working on interim certificates (alternate authorizations, nontraditional routes, or coming from out of the state), with an All Subjects K-8 endorsement or any mathematics endorsement must complete a state approved Mathematical Thinking for Instruction, or another State Department of Education approved alternative course, as a one- time requirement to receive a standard instructional, standard occupational, or advanced occupational certificate.

An individual holding an expired Idaho certificate may be issued a nonrenewable three-year interim certificate. During the validity period of the interim certificate, the applicant must meet all current requirements listed for the specific certificate and endorsement(s) including the appropriate content, pedagogy, and performance assessments.

The TMT course can be taken in place of the MTI course to meet the requirement.

Please view the “Training” tab in the blue menu bar below for MTI and TMT schedules.

Waiver

According to IDAPA 08.02.02.015.10.b, when applying for certificate renewal, an automatic waiver of the mathematics in-service program requirement shall be granted for any certificated individual living outside of the state of Idaho who is not currently employed as an educator in the state of Idaho. This waiver applies only as long as the individual remains outside the state of Idaho or as long as the individual is not employed as an educator in the state of Idaho. Upon returning to Idaho or employment in an Idaho public school, the educator will need to complete this requirement prior to the next renewal period.

Please view the “Training” tab in the blue menu bar below for MTI and TMT schedules.

Think Through Math (TTM) is an online, supplemental math instruction and tutoring program that will help raise student achievement in Idaho by providing students with focused instruction, rigorous math problems, access to live certified teachers, and a motivation program with rewards for working on math problems.

Online Math Instruction

Think Through Math works with the classroom teacher to tailor the online math instruction to the needs of the individual student. Students can access the program anywhere they get Internet access whether at home, at school, or in a library. Currently, schools in more than 25 states across the country are using Think Through Math as a supplement to instruction and noticing increased student achievement.

Measuring Student Progress

Every educator knows how critical it is to link assessment and instruction. While Think Through Math has always focused on improving student math performance with our intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, rigorous adaptive software, and on-demand support from certified online teachers, we’ve now added the ability to measure on-going student progress by integrating The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics by MetaMetrics®.

Available for the 2015-16 school year, the updated placement test and new embedded benchmarks eliminate the need to review student testing data from other systems in order to measure on-going student progress throughout the year. Seamlessly integrated into the flow of TTM, the new tests are fast, easy to use, and student results can immediately be viewed by educators through their class-, school- and district-level Think Through Math progress reports.

If a school or a district would like training on TTM's Quantile Framework, please contact Marisa Alan.

TTM Credit Recovery

The Think Through Math (TTM) computer-assisted program is now available to utilize as curriculum for Algebra 1 credit recovery The Think Through Math curriculum option can be used to facilitate the instruction of the required core math content, by an Idaho certified, highly qualified teacher of record. The programs are simple to implement and monitor, and students will go through a rigorous set of coursework. The credit recovery pathway will give students a solid foundation in Algebra 1 and will prepare them for success in Geometry and future math courses.

TTM's Algebra 1 credit recovery program initially enrolls students into a pathway of 62 "Target Lessons". The pathways were constructed in conjunction with the Idaho SDE. All lessons for the credit recover program are aligned to the Idaho Content Standards Algebra 1 course and the Idaho Algebra 1 standards.

Students begin by taking a brief placement test which will determine a student's readiness. Based on these results, additional pre-cursor lessons will be added into each student's pathway. Additionally, TTM monitors student progress and adds additional pre-cursors as needed to fill students' learning gaps. When students are working outside of the classroom, they can get assistance from TTM's live certified teachers.

The Think Through Math program does not qualify as a stand-alone course such as those offered through IDLA. Any computer-based program must be supervised by a properly certified and qualified "teacher of record" who must actually be present in the classroom throughout the sessions. If Think Through Math is used for math credit recovery, a math assignment code should be used when reporting in ISEE and the teacher of record facilitating the program must hold a math endorsement and be highly qualified in order to grant graduation credit.

Please see documents in the Files tab below for in-depth information on both programs, including tools for monitoring student progress and grading. Also attached are documents on standard alignment.

For Idaho Education Laws and Rules on High School Credit Requirements for Mathematics, please see IDAPA 08.03.02.105.01.d. Please be aware that a credit recovery course must meet the appropriate content standards of the original course.

For Idaho Education Laws and Rules on High School Credit Requirements for Mathematics, please see IDAPA 08.03.02.105. Please be aware that a credit recovery course must meet the appropriate content standards of the original course.

To utilize Think Through Math in either capacity, please contact Marisa Alan.

HIGHLIGHTS

Math Science Partnership Grant link

Grant Webpage

PAEMST Award webpage link

Event Webpage

TTM Program Overview Video link

YouTube Video

Frequently Asked Questions

MTI/TMT Requirement

Training Resources

Professional Development Opportunities and MTI/TMT Schedules
  • Region I

    Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Courses

    The Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) is a new course that fulfills the 3 credit MTI course requirement for Idaho teachers. This course provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and student reasoning of number and operation topics within a framework of a student-centered, problem-based classroom.

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  • Region II


    Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Courses

    The Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) is a new course that fulfills the 3 credit MTI course requirement for Idaho teachers. This course provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and student reasoning of number and operation topics within a framework of a student-centered, problem-based classroom.

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  • Region IV, V & VI

    Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Courses

    Idaho State University has recently partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education to develop a professional development course, Teaching Mathematical Thinking, as part as the Idaho Math Initiative to ensure teachers are given the opportunity to stay current in mathematical education and research for their classrooms.

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Think Through Math (TTM) Training Opportunities

TTM training and ongoing support is available free of charge and can be provided via webinar or onsite at the district or school level. We highly recommend all teachers who plan to use TTM attend one of our trainings: Utilizing TTM Effectively to Support the Idaho Content Standards.

Please contact your regional program manager to set up district training opportunities.