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.

Math Initiative Program

The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) has partnered with Idaho's Institutions of Higher Education to create Idaho's Regional Math Centers, the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI)/Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) renewal requirement and supported the Think Through Math online supplemental math instruction/tutoring program.


Regional Math Centers Logo

Through this coordinated, collaborative, and comprehensive statewide effort, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers strive to ensure that Idaho's teachers of mathematics are highly talented, trained, and effective professionals. Operating as regional support centers for all K-12 public schools in Idaho, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers provide professional development for teachers and schools and conduct research to support mathematics teaching and learning in Idaho. 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)/Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Requirement for re-certification.

Idaho State University and the University of Idaho partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) to develop the approved alternate for the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI) which 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 08.02.02.016.01, 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 Certificate (Birth - Grade 3) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom, K-8)
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Elementary Certificate (K-8) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8)
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Secondary Certificate (6-12) teaching in a math content classroom (grade six (6) through grade twelve (12)) including Title I who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8)
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Exceptional Child Certificate (K-12) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8)
  • Each school administrator holding an Administrator Certificate (Pre K-12) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8), including all school district and charter administrators.

Out of State Applicants

According to IDAPA 08.02.02.016.01, out-of-state applicants shall take the state approved mathematics instruction course titled “Mathematical Thinking for Instruction” as a certification requirement. The “Mathematical Thinking for Instruction” course consists of three (3) credits (or forty-five (45) contact hours of in-service training).

Those individuals who qualify for an Idaho certificate through state reciprocity shall be granted a three-year, non-renewable, interim certificate to allow time to meet the Idaho Mathematics In-service program requirement.

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

Waiver

According to IDAPA 08.02.02.016.01, 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.

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 & Alternate Route Programs

The Think Through Math (TTM) computer-assisted program is now available to utilize as curriculum for Algebra 1 credit recovery and district approved Alternate Route for Graduation. 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. The Alternate Route for Graduation pathway will give students a solid foundation in math skills aligned to the 10th grade ISAT blueprint.

TTM's Algebra 1 credit recovery program initially enrolls students into a pathway of 62 "Target Lessons". The Alternate Route to Graduation program enrolls student into a pathway of 69 "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. The Alternate Route for Graduation lessons are aligned to the 10th grade ISAT blueprint. When the Smarter Balanced Assessment blueprint has been finalized, TTM will begin working on aligning the pathway to the new assessment blueprint; to be available when Idaho moves to the new assessment.

For both programs, 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 or alternate route for graduation, 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 Alternate Route for Graduation, please see IDAPA 08.03.02.105.06. Please be aware that alternate routes to graduation are locally established and must go before the local school board for approval. Once approved at the local level, the alternate route for graduation must be sent to the Idaho Board of Education for review. A copy of each districts’ alternate plan is kept on file at the Office of the State Board of Education. For more information on the steps to establish a local alternate route for graduation, please contact Alison Henken with the Idaho Board of Education.

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
  • 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.