Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

In this chapter, we address the topic of effective mathematics curriculum and teaching—what is known about how teachers can effectively support children’s learning of important foundational mathematics content. We begin the chapter with a description and analysis of current state standards for early learning. Standards are intended to influence the development of curriculum and assessment tools, and therefore they have the potential to serve as a bridge between what research says about children’s learning and the kinds of teaching and learning that actually occur.

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Standards, Curriculum,
Instruction, and Assessment
In this chapter, we address the topic of effective mathematics curricu-
lum and teaching—what is known about how teachers can effectively sup-
port children’s learning of important foundational mathematics content. We
begin the chapter with a description and analysis of current state standards
for early learning. Standards are intended to influence the development of
curriculum and assessment tools, and therefore they have the potential to
serve as a bridge between what research says about children’s learning and
the kinds of teaching and learning that actually occur.
Next, the chapter provides an overview about the state of mathematics
teaching and learning experiences in early childhood settings and reviews
the literature on effective practices for teaching young children mathemat-
ics. Following this is a discussion of formative assessment, an essential and
often overlooked element of effective instruction. The chapter concludes
with a discussion of research on effective curricula.
DEFINITIONS
To enhance understanding of the content of this chapter, we first define
some of the most frequently used early childhood education terminology.
Teacher-Initiated and Child-Initiated Experiences
Early childhood practices are often described as either teacher-initiated
or child-initiated. Teacher-initiated or teacher-guided means that teachers
plan and implement experiences in which they provide explicit information,
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model or demonstrate skills, and use other teaching strategies in which they
take the lead. Teacher-initiated learning experiences are determined by the
teacher’s goals and direction, but they should also reflect children’s active
engagement (Epstein, 2007). Ideally, teacher-initiated instruction actively
involves children. Indeed, when appropriately supportive and focused,
teacher-initiated instruction can lead to significant learning gains (French
and Song, 1998; Howes et al., 2008). In practice, however, most teacher-
initiated instruction is associated with the passive engagement of children
(Pianta et al., 2005).
By contrast, child-initiated or child-guided means that children acquire
knowledge and skills through their own exploration and through interac-
tions with objects and with peers (Epstein, 2007, p. 2). Child-initiated expe-
rience emanates primarily from children’s interests and actions with support
from teachers. For child-initiated learning to occur, teachers organize the
environment and materials and provide the learning opportunities from
which children make choices (Epstein, 2007). Teachers thoughtfully observe
children during child-initiated activity, gauging their interactions and the
provision of new materials, as well as reorganization of the environment,
to support their continued learning and development.
During optimal child-initiated experience, teachers are not passive, nor
are children entirely in control—although this ideal is not always realized
in practice. For example, classroom observational research reveals that
teachers tend to spend little time with children during free play (Seo and
Ginsburg, 2004), or they focus their interactions on behavior management
rather than on helping children learn (Dickinson and Tabors, 2001; Kontos,
1999).
Instruction and Intentional Teaching
In early childhood education, the term instruction is most often used to
mean “direct instruction,” implying that teachers are entirely in control and
children are passive recipients of information. The term is also used pejo-
ratively to refer to drill and practice on isolated skills. Direct instruction is
more accurately defined as situations in which teachers give information or
present mathematics content directly to children. The National Mathemat-
ics Advisory Panel (2008) uses the term explicit instruction to refer to the
many ways that teachers can intentionally structure children’s experiences
so that they support learning in mathematics.
Throughout the day and across various contexts—whole group, small
group, centers, play, and routines—teachers need to be active and draw on
a repertoire of effective teaching strategies. This skill in adapting teaching
to the content, type of learning experience, and individual child with a
clear learning target as a goal is called intentional teaching (Epstein, 2007;

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National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1997). To be
effective, intentional teaching requires that teachers use formative assess-
ment to determine where children are in relation to the learning goal and
to provide the right kind and amount of support for them to continue to
make progress. Intentional teaching is useful to get beyond the dichoto-
mies that arise when teaching is characterized as either teacher-directed or
child-initiated.
Integrated and Focused Curriculum
Early childhood curriculum is often integrated across content domains
or subject matter disciplines. Integration is the blending together of two
or more content areas in one activity or learning experience (Schickedanz,
2008). The purpose of an integrated curriculum is to make content mean-
ingful and accessible to young children. Integration also enables more
content to be covered during the limited school day.
Integration typically occurs in two ways. One approach is to add a
mathematics content goal to a storybook reading. In this situation, lan-
guage and literacy goals related to storybook reading are primary, and
mathematics learning is secondary. Another way of integrating curriculum
is to use a broad topic of study, a theme (such as animals or plants), or a
project of interest to children through which mathematics content goals
are addressed. Projects are extended investigations into a topic that intel-
lectually engages and interests children, such as how to create a garden
or build a house (Katz and Chard, 1989). In both of these approaches to
integration, mathematics learning is a secondary objective, rather than the
primary focus of attention. In this report, we use both integrated learning
experience and secondary focus on mathematics (which some studies have
referred to as embedded mathematics) to reflect the teaching/exposure to
mathematics content as an ancillary activity.
By contrast, focused curriculum or primary focus on mathematics
refers to experiences in which mathematics is the major learning goal. A
focused mathematics curriculum should also be meaningful and connect to
children’s interests and prior knowledge. In this report, we use the terms,
“primary focus on mathematics” and “focused mathematics time” to refer
to dedicated time for a learning experience with mathematics as the primary
goal.
STANDARDS FOR CHILDREN’S MATHEMATICS LEARNING
State standards for students’ learning have had an increasingly impor-
tant role in education over at least the past decade, particularly in K-12
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childhood education as well. Standards have great potential for shaping
instruction, curricula, and assessment; however, the impact of standards
on learning depends heavily on the content and specific learning goals laid
out in them.
The number of states with published early learning standards has
grown over the past eight years from 27 in 2002 to 49 as of 2008. To
inform their early learning standards in mathematics, states have used a va-
riety of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) resources,
including Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000) (14
states) and Early Childhood Mathematics: Promoting Good Beginnings,
issued by NCTM and National Association for the Education of Young
Children (NAEYC). Engaging Young Children in Mathematics (2004) is
also a widely recognized guide for state early learning standards.
Curriculum Focal Points (National Council of Teachers of Mathemat-
ics, 2006), the most recent set of guidelines provided by NCTM, was
developed after most states had already established their standards. The
Curriculum Focal Points provides guidance about the most significant math-
ematical concepts and skills (i.e., number and operations, geometry and
measurement) that should be addressed during children’s early education.
Curriculum Focal Points also has a clear emphasis on the PSSM process
standards, which are essential for meaningful and substantive mathematics
learning. The process strands of communication, reasoning, representation,
connections, and particularly problem solving allow children to understand
their mathematics learning as a coherent and connected body of knowledge
(National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2006). Curriculum Focal
Points does not, however, provide the kind of in-depth coverage of what
children should know and can do that this report does.
In order to gain a more systematic understanding of the content of
states’ mathematics standards, the committee commissioned two content
analyses of current standards for young children: one at the prekindergarten
level (here termed “early learning standards”) and one at the kindergarten
level (Reys, Chval, and Switzer, 2008; Scott-Little, 2008).
Early Learning Standards
Many states developed early learning standards to improve classroom
instruction and professional development; they also serve as a component
of accountability systems. The age levels addressed in the standards docu-
ments vary across states. In 17 states the standards targeted children ages 3
to 5, 12 states targeted 3- and 4-year-olds, and 11 states targeted children
finishing prekindergarten or starting kindergarten.
State-funded prekindergarten programs are the most common target
audience for the early learning standards (42 states), which are usually
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Currently, 17 states have developed monitoring systems to ensure that stan-
dards are being implemented, and 4 others are in the process of developing
such a system. States also report that they intend for the early learning
standards to be used in child care (39 states), Head Start (38 states), the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (26 states), and Even Start (27
states) programs, although the use of the standards in these programs is
typically voluntary.
For the early learning standards it was possible to evaluate how much
emphasis each state has given to mathematics across all of the standards
as a whole. On average, states devoted 15 percent of the total number of
early learning standards to mathematics, although there was wide variation
across states (from a low in New Mexico of only 4 percent to a high in
Colorado of 54 percent).
In the content analysis of the mathematics early learning standards
(Scott-Little, 2008), each standard was first coded into 1 of the 10 math-
ematics content and process areas in the PSSM. These categories include the
three content areas emphasized in this report and in the Curriculum Focal
Points—number and operations and geometry and measurement. After
the mathematics standards items from a state’s document were coded, the
total number of items in each area was summed. Because the total number
of items varied from state to state, the total for each area was divided by
the total number of mathematics items to produce a percentage that was
comparable across documents. In effect, the percentage represents the rela-
tive emphasis given to each area of mathematics. Table 7-1 presents these
results.
TABLE 7-1 Percentages of States Early Learning Mathematics Standards
That Fall in Each of the PSSM Areas
PSSM Area Mean SD Min. Max.
Content
Numbers and operations 32.3 9.8 9 50
Algebra 19.0 8.8 0 50
Geometry 17.8 7.9 0 44
Measurement 15.8 8.7 0 50
Data analysis 5.3 5.8 0 17
Process
Problem solving 3.7 6.2 0 25
Communication 1.4 3.6 0 4
Reasoning 1.3 3.1 0 13
Representation 0.6 1.8 0 11
Connections 0.4 1.3 0 7
Other 2.5 3.4 0 15
NOTE: PSSM = Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, n = 49 states.
SOURCE: Scott-Little (2008).

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These data show a focus on the area of number and operations; on av-
erage, states devoted 32 percent of their mathematics standards to this area,
and all states had at least some standards in this area. Geometry received
less emphasis than number in the early learning standards (18 percent), and
measurement accounted for 16 percent of standards in mathematics. In ad-
dition, there was much greater overall emphasis on the content standards
areas than on the process standards areas (see Table 7-1).
A more detailed analysis was conducted of all standards in each of the
three content areas that are the focus of this report (as well as the NCTM
Curriculum Focal Points): (1) number and operations, (2) geometry, and (3)
measurement. Table 7-2 provides the details of the results for each area.
In the area of number and operations, states have most often addressed
number sense (an average of 24 percent of the number/operations stan-
dards); however, there is considerable variation among states—from 11
states with no standards in this area, to 4 states for which number sense
accounted for 100 percent of their number and operations standards. Three
other core areas of number were relatively frequent—the number word list,
1-to-1 counting correspondences, and written number symbols—and each
is addressed by 11 to 14 percent of the standards. Cardinality and the three
basic kinds of addition/subtraction situations received minimal attention.
In the geometry early learning standards, there was an emphasis on
children’s knowledge of properties of shapes (40 percent) and spatial rea-
soning (25 percent) (e.g., knowledge related to spatial location and direc-
tion), although, again, there was considerable variability among states.
Some important aspects of geometry for young children receive little atten-
tion, including transformation and visualization of shapes.
In the measurement standards, areas most often emphasized are mea-
surement of objects (34 percent of the standards), comparing objects (27
percent), and understanding of concepts related to time (27 percent). Again
there was variability—for example, 2 states had no measurement standards
at all, and 15 states had no standard related to comparisons of objects and
the concept of time (see Table 7-2).
Kindergarten Standards
The committee also commissioned an analysis of the 10 states with the
largest student populations that publish kindergarten-specific mathematics
standards: California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia (Reys, Chval, and Switzer,
2008). These states were selected for analysis because they represent ap-
proximately 50 percent of the U.S. school population and therefore influ-
ence the intended curriculum for a substantial population of students. Given
their size, these 10 states are also likely to influence textbook development
and materials that are produced by commercial curriculum publishers.

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TABLE 7-2 Classification of State Mathematics Early Learning Standards
by Content Area and Focal Area
Content/Focal Area Mean% SD Minimum% Maximum%
Number and Operations
Number sense 24.1 26.6 0 100
1-to-1 correspondence 13.8 10.3 0 43
Number word list 13.1 10.2 0 50
Written number symbols 11.4 11.6 0 40
Perceptional comparisons 9.6 10.3 0 50
Combining/taking apart 7.3 9.6 0 33
Cardinality 5.4 7.2 0 25
Estimation 4.7 8.4 0 33
Change 3.9 7.9 0 33
Ordinal numbers 3.8 6.6 0 25
Counting comparisons 2.2 9.0 0 60
Additive comparisons 0.6 2.1 0 11
Place value 0.2 1.6 0 11
Geometry
Properties of shapes 39.6 17.9 0 100
Spatial reasoning 25.3 23.2 0 100
Analyzing and comparing shapes 13.3 15.8 0 67
Location and directionality 12.2 15.5 0 50
Composing/decomposing shapes 6.6 10.7 0 40
Symmetry 1.6 5.3 0 25
Transformation of shapes 1.5 6.0 0 33
Visualization of shapes 0.0 0.0 0 0
Measurement
Measurement of objects 33.9 25.3 0 100
Comparing objects 27.1 26.0 0 100
Time 26.9 23.3 0 100
Measurable attributes 12.7 16.0 0 50
Composing objects 0.0 0.0 0 0
NOTE: For number and operations n = 49 states; for geometry n = 48 as one state had no
geometry standards; for measurement n = 47 as two states had no measurement standards.
Percentages represent the number of a state’s standards in a focal area divided by the total
number of standards in the content area (content areas are number and operation, geometry,
and measurement).
SOURCE: Scott-Little (2008).
The kindergarten learning standards for each state were coded into the
five PSSM mathematical content areas or strands: (1) number and opera-
tion, (2) geometry, (3) measurement, (4) algebra, and (5) data analysis/
probability (Clements, 2004; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
2000). Results allow an examination of which of these mathematical strands
are emphasized across and within states. Relative emphasis devoted to each
strand was calculated as a percentage of standards in that strand within the
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There was considerable variability across the 10 states studied. The
total number of mathematics standards varied widely, from 11 in Florida
to 74 in Virginia (average number of standards was 29). Of the “total set”
of 103 specific standards identified in the analysis, only 1 standard was
common to all 10 states (extending a pattern) and another 3 standards were
common to 9 states. Only 20 percent of the 103 standards were common
to 6 or more states.
In kindergarten (as with the early learning standards), the greatest
emphasis across all the mathematics standards is placed on number and
operations—40 percent of a state’s mathematics standards on average (with
a range from a low of 27 percent to a high of 56 percent among states).
Geometry and measurement each receive less emphasis than number (19
and 21 percent, respectively), although, again, variability is high (from 9
to 45 percent across states for geometry and from 11 to 28 percent for
measurement).
In the number strand, the heaviest emphasis is placed on counting.
Areas of emphasis (meaning at least 6 of the 10 states had standards in this
focal area) include counting objects, reading and writing numerals, identify-
ing ordinal numbers, comparing the relative size of groups of objects, and
modeling and solving problems using addition and subtraction. Consistent
with the theme of state variability, however, no single number/operations
standard appeared in all 10 state documents.
In both geometry and measurement, few learning standards were com-
mon across the states; only 6 topics (of 43 total across geometry and
measurement) appeared in the documents of 6 or more states. In geometry,
these topics were identifying and naming two-dimensional (2-D) shapes and
knowing the relative position of objects. In measurement, the most common
topics were comparing the weight of objects; sort, compare, and/or order
objects; compare length of objects; and know days of the week.
Taken together, the three focal areas emphasized by the committee
(number, geometry, and measurement) account for 80 percent of the content
of the kindergarten standards across the 10 states. However, many states
also include some specific standards that would not be considered core or
primary mathematics by the committee—such as knowing the names of
the months, parts of the day, seasons, ordering events by time, comparing
time, understanding the concept of time, identifying the time of everyday
events to the nearest hour, and measurement of weight, capacity, and
temperature.
Process strands were addressed quite differently by different states,
so no systematic analyses could be done. Specifically, three states make
no mention of process standards at the kindergarten level (Florida, North
Carolina, and Virginia), and three other states include identification of

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specific standards by process strand (Georgia, New York, and Texas). No-
tably, although these strands are specified for kindergarten, these process
standards are very similar, if not identical, at each grade, K-8. Two states
(Arizona and Massachusetts) provide a general description of process stan-
dards in the introductory material of their K-6 or K-8 document. These
descriptions emphasize the importance of the process strands outlined
in the PSSM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000). The
California and Ohio documents include process standards organized within
one strand (“Mathematical Reasoning” in the California document and
“Mathematical Process Standard” in the Ohio document) for each grade.
The California document lists process standards that are common across
kindergarten and Grade 1. Likewise, the Ohio document includes a list of
process standards that are common to Grades K-2.
Summary
A total of 49 states have early learning standards in mathematics; on
average, states devote the greatest emphasis to the area of number (32
percent of the standards on average). Specific emphasis within the areas
of number, geometry, and measurement showed considerable state-to-state
variation. According to our analysis for the 10 largest states, the greatest
emphasis in kindergarten is also placed on number (40 percent of the stan-
dards on average). However, there is also considerable variation in content
of the specific standards across all of the areas. In fact, of the 103 total stan-
dards across the 10 states, 47 are unique to just 1 or 2 state documents.
A pattern of wide variation across states in emphasis given to math-
ematics as a whole and relative emphasis given to various topics in math-
ematics emerges from these analyses of standards. Thus, while some
common topics could be identified, when taken as a whole, the state stan-
dards do not communicate a clear consensus about the most important
mathematical ideas for young children to learn.
THE CLASSROOM CONTEXT
We begin with a description of the classroom context in which math-
ematics instruction takes place. We then focus specifically on what is known
about mathematics teaching and learning practices in preschool and kinder-
garten classrooms—when it occurs, how often, and in what contexts.
Results from several large studies of prekindergarten (pre-K) and kin-
dergarten classrooms paint a detailed picture of how young children spend
their time in these settings and the quality of their learning experiences.
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Early Development and Learning (NCEDL) and on the Early Childhood
Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten1 (ECLS-K).
The NCEDL conducted two major studies of state-funded pre-K and
kindergarten classrooms: the six-state Multi-State Study of Preschool (MS)
and the five-state State-wide Early Education Programs (SWEEP) Study
(Early et al., 2005). While neither of these studies included a nationally
representative sample, as of 2001-2002, almost 80 percent of all children
in the United States who were participating in state-funded prekindergarten
were in one of these 11 states (Early et al., 2005). When combined, these
two studies provide observational data on over 700 preschool and 800 kin-
dergarten classrooms across the United States and offer a unique window
on children’s classroom experiences.
It is important to note that classrooms were included in these studies
only if they received state pre-K funding, so the results are not representa-
tive of the larger segment of schooling opportunities for 4-year-olds. State-
funded pre-K classrooms are a small subset of early childhood classrooms,
generally with greater funding and tighter regulation and monitoring, than
the larger set of early childhood classrooms. The studies must be interpreted
in this context.
In both studies, classrooms were observed using a variety of measures
to capture the content and quality of learning opportunities and materials
afforded to children, including the Early Childhood Environment Rating
Scale (ECERS-R; Harms, Clifford, and Cryer, 1998), Classroom Assessment
Scoring System (CLASS; Pianta, La Paro, and Hamre, 2008), and Emerging
Academics’ Snapshot (Ritchie et al., 2001).2
How Children Spend Their Time in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Results from both of the NCEDL studies (the MS and the SWEEP) in-
dicate that children in state pre-K programs spend a great deal of time not
engaged in any type of instructional activity. Using the Emerging Academics
Snapshot, both NCEDL studies recorded the proportion of time spent in all
major areas of curriculum, assessing the amount of time students spent in
1 Material in this section is based on a paper prepared for the committee by Hamre et al.
(2008), which included a review of the published literature related to these studies as well as
some reanalysis of the data conducted for this report.
2 During pre-K, observation days lasted from the beginning of class until the end of class in
part-day rooms and until nap in full-day rooms. In pre-K, observers stayed with the children
all day, including lunch, outside time, and special activities. In kindergarten, the observations
were slightly different because the days were generally longer. Snapshot and CLASS observa-
tions lasted the entire day, but no observations were made during lunch, recess, or nap. For this
reason, pre-K and kindergarten Snapshot percentages of time spent are discussed separately.
More information about these studies can be found on the NCEDL website (http://www.fpg.
unc.edu/~ncedl/) and in several published articles (Clifford et al., 2005; Howes et al., 2008;
Pianta et al., 2005).

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reading, oral language and phonemic awareness activities, writing, math-
ematics, science, social studies, aesthetics, and fine and gross motor activi-
ties. Each area was broadly defined so that time spent in dramatic play,
block areas, coloring with markers, talking with teachers about things out-
side school, and singing songs were included in one of these areas. During
the preschool day, the average student spent 44 percent of the time engaged
in none of these curriculum activities. Data from kindergarten classrooms
revealed that the average student was not engaged in any instructional ac-
tivity in 39 percent of the observed intervals.
What were children doing during this noninstructional time? In pre-
school classrooms, much of the time (22 percent) was spent engaged in
routine activities, such as transitioning, waiting in line, or washing hands.
Some time (11 percent) was also spent in meals and snacks (Early et al.,
2005). Importantly, routine, meal, and snack times could be included as
instructional time if, for example, teachers and children engaged in a con-
versation, sang a song, or played a number game during a transition. But
few preschool or kindergarten teachers appeared to take advantage of the
learning opportunities that arose during transitional periods or employed
strategies for getting the most out of this time in the classroom.
Which types of instructional opportunities are young children exposed
to most often? Of all content areas, young children spent more time in lan-
guage and literacy activities than any other—14 percent of the observed day
in preschool and 28 percent of the observed day in kindergarten (La Paro
et al., 2008). None of the other major areas occurred much more than 10
percent, on average, in any given day. Pre-K children in the NCEDL studies
were exposed to mathematics content in only 6 percent of the observations,
and kindergarten children were exposed to mathematics an average of 11
percent of the day.
Another relevant question concerns the use of various instructional
contexts, such as free choice/center time or whole-group instruction. Data
from the NCEDL studies suggest there is a major shift in the preferred in-
structional context from preschool to kindergarten. Children in preschool
classrooms spent an average of 33 percent of the school day in free choice
or center time, compared with only 6 percent of the day in kindergarten
classrooms. Once in kindergarten, both whole-group instruction and indi-
vidual time, in which children work independently at desks, becomes much
more frequent. Across kindergarten and preschool, teachers rarely made use
of small-group instruction.
Quality of Teacher-Child Interactions in Preschool and Kindergarten
The NCEDL data also provide a window into the quality of teacher-
child interactions and instruction to which young children are exposed,
using the CLASS Framework for Children’s Learning Opportunities in

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