Build deep understanding with this essential inquiry-based mathematics curriculum
Mastering math starts with knowing the numbers. We get students started on the right path in Pre-K, but that's just the beginning. It's also about looking beyond numbers to understand how and why they work, and learning to ask the questions that lead to a thoughtful, informed approach to solving problems.
Based on research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Math Expressions is a proven Pre-K–6 curriculum that helps children make sense of math by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating their understanding of key concepts. In busy, active lessons, students learn how to look deeper and choose their own path to the answers—skills that will take them far beyond the math classroom.
Looking deeper produces exceptional results
A Yearlong Study of Success
Students from eight schools across four states showed "statistically significant" improvement.
When children understand math, they're not relying on memorization. They're relying on themselves. Dr. Karen Fuson's comprehensively researched approach to teaching math is based on the way children actually learn and is used across the country because it raises student achievement.
How to think about math
The deep conceptual understanding that's the hallmark of the program leads to strong skills fluency and the ability to make generalizations within and among mathematical strands. As students grow and learn to think critically, teachers develop their own richer understanding of math through detailed instruction and embedded support.
Making teachers' lives easier by changing the learning landscape
Hear what Dr. Fuson thinks about early learning in mathematics and how it can help close the equity gap.
Early Learning Resources
Math Expressions classrooms are collaborative
Hear from a teacher about how Math Talk engages his class.
The instruction keeps students constantly moving forward while providing teachers with explicit support. Learn more about Dr. Fuson's approach through the samplers below.
Deepen mathematical understanding
Develop critical-thinking skills
Enhance teacher effectiveness
Increase student participation
Improve student performance
Research & Results
The research driving Math Expressions gives students a full understanding of concepts behind the math and the tools to effectively express what they've learned. Learn more about what's behind the program and its impact on students across the country.
"All-Green" Rating from EdReports
Math Expressions Grades K-5 has been rated as Meets Expectations at Gateways 1, 2, and 3 by EdReports.
Strong ESSA Rating
Math Expressions received a Strong ESSA rating based on the distinctive amount and quality of professional learning teachers receive.
Foundational and Efficacy Research
Math Expressions is based on the results of the NSF-funded Children's Math Worlds research project, a 10-year study led by Dr. Fuson.
Math Expressions: Research Evidence Base
- Report Type: Research Evidence Base
- Grade Level: Elementary, Middle
US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Achievement Effects of Four Early Elementary School Math Curricula: Finding for First and Second Graders (Year 2)
- Report Type: Efficacy Study, Publication from External Organization, Study Conducted by Third Party
- Grade Level: Elementary
- District Urbanicity: Urban, Suburban
Math Expressions: Impact Study, Grades 2 and 4
- Report Type: Efficacy Study, Study Conducted by Third Party
- Grade Level: Elementary
- Region: Midwest, West
- District Urbanicity: Suburban, Rural
About the Author
Dr. Karen Fuson, is a leading voice in math education today
Dr. Karen Fuson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, has studied how children understand math ideas for more than 50 years. She designs teaching materials based on how children learn and understand, along with working in schools to help teachers support every child.