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Materials for MDC partners

NOTICE - 'MDC Partners' section of this website is obsolete

All of the planned MAP materials are now available to everyone, free-of-charge for non-commercial use, from without login. Consequently, there is no need for a MDC username and password: Instead, just go straight to Please update any browser bookmarks you have accordingly.

In a few weeks, we will be making some tweaks to the website and at that point, your MDC login will stop working.

Thanks to all the MDC partners for their interest and feedback during the development of these materials. We are currently working on a revised edition of the Classroom Challenges, taking into account much of the feedback we have received, and the updated materials will be appearing on the public website shortly.


New – TRU Math: Teaching for Robust Understanding of Mathematics is a suite of tools for professional develompent and research - the alpha versions of these documents are available here…

More International Awards for Team: Hugh Burkhardt and Malcolm Swan, leaders of the Shell Centre team, have been chosen by the International Commission on Mathematical instruction (ICMI) as the first recipients of the Emma Castelnuovo Medal for Excellence in the Practice of Mathematics Education. This complements the award by ICMI to Alan Schoenfeld of the 2011 Felix Klein Medal for Lifetime Achievement in research. Read more…

The Mathematics Assessment Project

The project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.


Tools for formative and summative assessment that make knowledge and reasoning visible, and help teachers to guide students in how to improve, and monitor their progress. These tools comprise:

The team also contributes to some system capacity building activities within the wider collaboration that the Gates Foundation has assembled, including states and school systems across the US.

The Team

The project is a collaboration between the Shell Center team at the University of Nottingham and the University of California, Berkeley.

This development would not have been possible without the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

What's on this site?

“Beta” versions of the currently released Classroom Challenges lessons for High School and Middle School, cross-referenced to the CCSSM content and practice standards. These are ready to download, print and use.

Prototype Summative Assessments , for monitoring progress at grades 7-10. These are presented in two forms:

Prototype Professional Develoment Modules . These five modules encourage groups of teachers to explore the practical and pedagogical concepts behind the MAP materials, such as formative assessment, collaborative learning and the use of unstructured problems.

Who can use the MAP materials?

Under development

The Alpha materials are not for circulation outside the Math Design Collaborative project teams and the schools they are working with directly. Please direct interested third parties to the released materials at which are available without login.

All the MAP materials will, eventually, be available for download from this site. Unless stated otherwise, they will be free for non-commercial use. Where indicated, materials have been released under the Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives License 3.0 and we are in the process of updating our older materials to show this. Please send any enquiries about commercial use or derived works to

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