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California Selects Common-Core Math Materials

The California state board of education has adopted 31 of the 35 sets of instructional materials that publishers were hoping would be embraced by the state for teaching K-8 common-core math, according to a release from the state education department

The materials deemed worthy of adoption yesterday came from such familiar publishers as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and The College Board. (You can find the full list here.) So which materials didn't make the cut? In no particular order:

• I CAN Learn Basic Math by JRL Enterprises, grades 5-8

• Primary Mathematics Common Core Edition by Marshall Cavendish, grades 1-3

• Connecting Math Concepts by McGraw-Hill, grades K-4

• Algebra 1 by Revolution K12

Those four were not selected because they "did not fully align to the California Common Core State Standards for mathematics" and "failed to meet multiple standards," Tina Jung, a spokeswoman for the education department, wrote in an email. 

Jung pointed to the Instructional Quality Commission Advisory Report, released in December, for more details on all the programs. That report also notes that the materials-adoption process, including a public comment period, took one year, which it called an "accelerated timeline."

Individual school districts can now begin reviewing the adopted materials for use, the department noted in its announcement. 

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