• Exemplars Assessment Rubric.
    Our Standards-Based Math Rubric supports the NCTM Process Standards, defines expectations for high-level mathematics, and gives teachers clear guidelines for evaluating student work and providing meaningful feedback.
  • Exemplars Student Rubric.
    Our student rubric presents learners with important information about what is expected and what kind of work meets the standard. It may also be used to develop self- and peer-assessment abilities.
  • Exemplars Anchor Paper.
    Summative assessments include student anchor papers and assessment rationales at the 4 performance levels of the Exemplars rubric. These tools demonstrate for teachers and students what work meets or does not meet the standard and explains why.
  • Exemplars Differentiated Task.
    Each instructional task is open-ended, includes differentiated versions at three points of entry, and supports the Concrete Representational Abstract approach for teaching mathematics. Spanish translations are also available.
  • Exemplars Planning Sheet.
    Teacher Planning Sheets accompany every task. This resource outlines the math concepts and skills that students will need to know as well as alternative strategies for solving a problem.

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Delivered online, this supplemental resource for K–5 offers educators a powerful collection of planning, instruction, and assessment tools that help students learn to think critically, solve problems creatively, communicate, collaborate, and succeed.

Material is based on 21st century math concepts and skills, organized by rich Units of Study inspired by the NCTM Focal Points and leading state standards. 350+ problem-solving performance tasks are provided.

Exemplars supports in-classroom, blended and remote learning. It is the perfect supplement to any math curriculum!


Rich, problem-solving supplements are organized by Units of Study inspired by the NCTM Focal points and leading state standards.

Each Unit offers 5 (or more) open-ended performance tasks that address the big mathematical ideas. These may be used for classroom instruction, exploration, formative assessment, and summative assessment. 

Our DOK 3 problems naturally elicit the NCTM Process Standards and are designed to engage students and develop their abilities to reason and communicate mathematically. Spanish translations are available.

Material supports the Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) instructional approach for teaching mathematics. 

Integration with Google Classroom allows for tasks to be easily assigned to students within the Exemplars Library.


Exemplars instructional tasks are differentiated at 3 entry points, allowing easy integration in mixed-ability classrooms. These problems may also be used for formative assessment. There are 4 or more instructional tasks provided for each Unit of Study.

Planning Sheets

Preliminary Planning Sheets serve as a teacher's guide for every task.

They outline the math concepts and skills students will need to know as well as alternative strategies for solving each problem.

This resource assists with lesson preparation and assessing student work. 


The Exemplars Standards-Based Math Rubric allows teachers to examine student work against a set of analytic criteria to determine student performance. Our rubric criteria reflect the NCTM Process Standards. There are 4 performance levels – Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner (meets the standard), and Expert.


This assessment tool is designed to identify what is important, define what meets the standard, and distinguish between different levels of performance. It also provides teachers with guidelines for giving meaningful feedback to their students. 


Student rubrics, written in kid-friendly language, are also included. These may be used to develop a child's ability to self- and peer-assess.

Anchor Papers

Student anchor papers and scoring rationales are provided at the 4 performance levels of the Exemplars assessment rubric and accompany each Summative Assessment.

These tools demonstrate for teachers and students what work meets (and does not meet) the standard in accordance with the assessment rubric and explain why.

They are also a valuable staff development resource and may be used with students as a basis for self- and peer-assessment.

One (or more) summative assessment task is provided for each Unit of Study. 

Implementation Support

To assist schools and districts new to problem solving performance-based assessment and instruction, Exemplars offers a complimentary Implementation Planning Webinar. During this session, your leadership team will gain a deeper understanding of Exemplars materials and resources as well as tips for getting started successfully. We'll also put together a schedule of periodic check-ins that make the most sense for your needs and goals.

Exemplars also offers professional development workshops designed to generate immediate and sustained results.

Material includes:

  • 350+ engaging performance tasks to develop and assess students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills for grades K–5.
  • Differentiated tasks at 3 points of entry for instruction, exploration, and formative assessment.
  • Spanish task translations.
  • Student anchor papers and scoring rationales that demonstrate for teachers and students what work meets and does not meet the standard.
  • Assessment rubrics that provide teachers with clear guidelines for evaluating their student’s understanding and providing meaningful feedback.
  • Student rubrics that provide tool for self- and peer-assessment.
  • Alignments to state, national, and Common Core standards.
  • Online delivery for teachers.
  • Google Classroom integration.

Access to the Exemplars Library requires a computer with one of the following Internet browsers: Internet Explorer 8+, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

Please contact us or call 800-450-4050 for more information about getting started with Exemplars.

The links below contain a variety of free resources provided to our many users and to those of you just learning about Exemplars. We hope you find these resources useful.

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