The Mathematics Assessment Project

“And I’m calling on our nation’s governors and state education chiefs to develop standards and assessments that don’t simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test, but whether they possess 21st Century skills like problem solving and critical thinking and entrepreneurship and creativity.”

President Obama, 1 March 2009.

News: TRU Math, New Classroom Challenges

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.

New Lessons: Our complete set of Classroom Challenges, with 20 lessons for each grade from 6 to 10 is now available from this site, without needing a login. We are in the process of updating the 'beta' versions to final.

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?

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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