Exemplars math problems and rubrics have been available to Amphitheater teachers since 1998. The materials were distributed through our District Math Team. Each school received information and explanations from their site leader. Classes covering the use of problems and the rubrics were also included in the district professional development program. In addition, the District Math Specialist provided in-service to individual schools.
As a result, many teachers, as well as teams of teachers, adopted the Exemplars materials for use in their Career Ladder professional development plans.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that teachers in classrooms utilizing Exemplars materials on a regular basis saw in their students not only improved mathematical thinking on a day-to-day basis, but an increased ability to understand standardized testing materials as well.Rosemary Beck, Math Resource Teacher, AZ