Grade level math leaps. Are you aware and ready?

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Math standards, mandates, and  expectations are constantly evolving.

  • There is a significant leap in the grades 4-6 expectations and tested proficiency levels. Increased rigor.
  • State, district and building level standards deliver a proposed pacing guide.
  • The ACT and SAT are standardized assessments to predict the likelihood of success in a formal education setting, beyond high school.

Learners will always need to prove they are ready and or qualified to proceed. 

  • Entrance exams for both the workplace and post-secondary training programs are administered to test basic math proficiency levels.
  • A logical reasoning, and spatial visualization exam (not always numerical) may be even be administered.


So, how do you identify math (logical problem solving) expectations and mastery levels? How do you identify the huge differences between chapters or grade levels?

Go right to the sources.

  • Ask an educator (teacher, professor, tutor)
  • Check out the websites of the tests mentioned
  • Know grade level expectations internationally and within specific grade levels
  • Understand what mastery versus unsatisfactory progress looks like (sample problems, knowing common mistakes)
  • Guide a learner to videos on specific objectives within a chapter or topic to explore
  • Use an online game or phone app that provides “just in time” practice

If a learner had major challenges in a previous chapter or grade level, they will continue along that path unless there is an intentional focus on filling the gaps (remediation) as they proceed.

Stay in the know and make necessary adjustments from home or the community you serve in.

Math questions/standards resources.

M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) — grades 3-8 & 11

CCSS (Common Core State Standards) —

TIMSS (Trends in Math and Science Study) — grades 4 and 8

PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) — 15 year olds

We are about the business of Helping Kids Win with Math.

We hope you found these suggestions helpful. Let us know. Share your experiences below.


POWER Org Math is a Detroit based 501c3 nonprofit,  founded in 2005 by LaToniya A. Jones, a PreK-College educator who strives to Help Kids Win with Math.

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Mathtoons App is One of our Favs

Screenshot_2015-12-30-19-44-38Mathtoons by Thump Media offers engaging ways to fine tune your math skills in multple topic areas.

Need a refresher with basic math or pre-algebra?

Want to peek at higher level math concepts like advanced algebra with logs?

  • There are different games available for most learners in pre-algebra through calculus levels.
  • The built in humor, score tracking, graphics, sound effects and hints on rules to solve the problems makes it easy to visit the Mathtoons apps over and over again.

Are you using Mathtoons ?

Try one of the Mathtoons apps and let us know which features were most beneficial for you.

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Have You Tried the Wabbit Calculator App?


We are using the wabbit calculator app on android phones and are amazed at how well it works. 

It’s a little distorted (stretched to fit the screen) but easy to use and our android phones haven’t crashed or experienced any viruses.

We’re exploring additional features and comparing features among the more basic scientific calculators.  A few students even mentioned how much they had underutilized their previous calculators.  Other students mentioned how much simpler it was for them to show each step (for longer problems) instead of “letting the calculator do the work”.

WARNING:   If you aren’t sure what or why you are performing a task, simply entering information into the calculator may cause a much bigger headache.

Once you know how a problem works, the calculator actually helps speed up the process.  We like calculators for validation. The immediate feedback that you did it right is rewarding.


**If you know about an alternative graphing iphone calculator app, please let us know in the comments below.**

  • What’s your favorite calculator feature?
  • Which feature are you looking forward to learning more about?
  • Let us know what you think about the WABBITEMU app.

POWER Org Math is a Detroit based 501c3 educational nonprofit. LaToniya A. Jones transferred her affinity for making meaningful math connections in middle, high school, and college classrooms into the community.

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5 Reasons We Recommend SAT Question of the Day App

SAT QOTDLet’s see if you agree!

  • Individual progress tracked.
  • Multiple choice questions for math, reading, writing and grammar.
  • Clear illustrations, hints and explanations for each problem.
  • Complete problems in your own time.
  • Engage with others on Twitter about the SAT Question of the Day and likely find additional tips about the topic and SAT prep.

Have you tried SAT QOTD app?

When is the best time to prep for college entrance exams?

Which SAT CollegeBoard prep tools are you using?

POWER Org Math is a Detroit based 501c3 nonprofit,  founded in 2005 by LaToniya A. Jones, a PreK-College educator who strives to Help Kids Win with Math.

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Math in a Box of Donuts

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Decisions. Controversary. Lessons.

Data. Critical thinking. Donuts.

Ahhhh, donuts!

Ahhhhhhhh, math!

Colorful images, conversations, and consumption facts are calculated each time we see, say or taste a donut.

Here are 5 mathematical thoughts to ponder:

  • Peering into the donut case for just the right size and shape involves qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Deciding whether to eat just one or none at all
  • Comparing and contrasting features  (toppings and fillings) to tantalize your taste buds, or those of your family/colleagues
  • Verifying the price per donut and whether the price per unit listed is accurate (or actually a good deal with a Bakers Dozen= 13)
  • Deciding whether an algebraic equation or inequality best fits the scenario when given the challenge of budgeting for variety and constants such as delivery, deposits, or processing fees (Hint: Who buys or sells a partial donut?)

What kinds of math do you see in a box of donuts?

Take a snapshot of your box of donuts or find an image to share with us. Let’s do the math together.

POWER Org Math is a Detroit based 501c3 nonprofit,  founded in 2005 by LaToniya A. Jones, a PreK-College educator who strives to Help Kids Win with Math.

Visit our site. Tweet, Friend, or show a little Insta-Love to @POWEROrgMath .