Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)


Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)

Document Type



As states across the nation began to transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), new curriculums and supplemental resources were and are still being developed to guide and support the teachers and students. Pearson Education, the publisher of many mathematics textbooks, as well as the online program MyMathLab (MML), has been successfully providing meaningful, lasting mathematics learning materials for many years. Online learning programs, including MML, are used in thousands of middle school, high school, and college-level mathematics courses. However, these products were developed long before the adoption of the CCSS by 43 states, so they are not aligned with the rigorous vertical structure, level of fluency, and conceptual understanding required by the CCSS and by the new national testing consortia Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balance. The purpose of this master thesis is to show that it is entirely within reach to fully utilize/align the MML platform with CCSS-based curricula like the EngageNY (Eureka Math) curriculum. As a “proof of concept,” the materials in Appendix A demonstrate how one can utilize MML to deliver lesson components, homework, mid-module assessments, and end-of-module assessments from the EngageNY mathematics curriculum. Using Modules 1 and 2 from the 7th grade EngageNY pre-algebra course, the created materials shown in Appendix A include examples, exercises, and problem sets from two lessons, as well as three different versions of all Module 1 and 2 exit tickets and assessments, and a Module 3 sprint. The MML platform documented in Appendix A is by no means a final product. Its sole purpose is to show that an MML platform to accompany the EngageNY mathematics curriculum can be developed effectively in a reasonable amount of time and with limited resources. Clearly, aside from legal issues that would have to be addressed, some editing and polishing would need to be done before piloting the MML platform in a real classroom, but the foundation is set with the work done in this thesis.



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Committee Chair

Neubrander, Frank