IM 6–8 Math™ certified
by Illustrative Mathematics®


Meets all expectations in all three EdReports Gateways

Learn more about IM 6–8 Math™ v.III and IM 9–12 Math™ v.I with this in-depth look at our 6–12 curriculum. Examine the structure of a lesson through the lens of the design features of the curriculum and with a focus on the philosophy and instructional shifts. Learn about the resources available around student understanding, discourse, planning, assessment, and access for each student.

The curriculum facilitates productive struggle for our learners, and teachers have been excited to shift their instruction from being the ‘sage on the stage’ to the ‘guide on the side.

— Corrine Williams, Secondary Math Specialist, Evergreen Public Schools, WA

This curriculum is brilliantly written. After teaching this program, I really felt it met the learning needs of our students.

— Stephanie Marvicsin, Teacher, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, CA

Ready to get started with IM 6–8 Math?


A coherent progression of learning

IM K–12 Math™ is fully aligned to the focus, rigor, and coherence of the standards, and has been given the stamp of approval by EdReports, earning perfect scores in the areas of Focus & Coherence and Rigor & Mathematical Practices. The scope and sequence of units, activities, and representations are designed to help students develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, build fluency with procedures, and solve mathematical problems that reflect their lived experiences.

Academic language development

Math vocabulary is developed through the process of actively exploring and learning mathematics. Students make sense of mathematical concepts using informal language before academic terms are introduced. Embedded within the curriculum are Mathematical Language Routines to support academic language development for all learners. These routines also provide opportunities for English Learners to engage in the specialized academic language demands of reading, writing, speaking, listening, conversing, and representing in math. 

Culturally responsive pedagogy

Materials are designed to affirm students as they build positive mathematical identities. Units and lessons begin by inviting students to use their prior mathematical knowledge, funds of knowledge, language, and culture to make sense of new mathematical concepts. Activities offer collaborative learning opportunities and instructional routines that center student thinking and encourage students to bring their whole selves to math class. Grades K–5 courses (and coming soon to 6–12 courses) include problem-solving contexts that positively reflect ethnically diverse cultures and support the implementation of culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy.

Teacher learning

Units and lessons include narratives that describe the mathematical work that will unfold, and activities and lessons include a synthesis that assists the teacher with ways to help students incorporate new insights gained into their big-picture understanding. Formative assessments help create clear pathways to address student outcomes. Teacher-facing materials support teachers to develop, refine, and reflect on instructional practices.

IM 6–8 Math Accelerated Certified by IM

The IM Accelerated Difference

A Condensed and Comprehensive Two-year Pathway That Addresses all Standards

IM 6–8 Math Accelerated, a compressed version of IM 6–8 Math, is a thoughtful alternative to conventional accelerated programs because its design eliminates the possibility for unfinished learning as students arrive at Algebra 1. It includes all of the standards in IM 6–8 Math and compacts them into a two-year curriculum meant to be covered during grades 6 and 7. The pace is faster than IM 6–8 Math, but no crucial mathematical concepts are left-out.

See also Guidance for Accelerating Students in Mathematics and FAQs for IM 6–8 Math Accelerated

Successfully Used in Over 200 Districts with Over 300,000 Students.

The IM 6–8 Math certified curriculum is rigorous, problem-based, and fully aligned to the standards, with coherence across grade bands.

The curriculum is available in both print and digital versions. IM 6–8 Math is highly rated by EdReports for meeting all expectations across all three review gateways. Read the full analysis for Kendall Hunt and Imagine Learning.

6-8 Grade Ed Reports

Ready to Get Started with the IM Certified Experience?

Already using IM, but want to learn more?

Reach out to your IM Certified partner to schedule professional learning, order print materials or digital subscriptions.


Featured IM 6–8 Math Blog Posts

Inviting Students to the Mathematics
Differentiating Instruction with IM 6–12 Math™
Leveraging IM 6–12 Math Teacher Materials to Enhance Access to Grade-Level Mathematics
Building Equitable Learning Environments for Each Student
Math Language Routines: Discourse with a Purpose
The 5 Practices: Looking at Differentiation Through a New Lens
IM Certified® IM Professional Learning™

IM Professional Learning for mathematics is deeply integrated with the curriculum. The program provides teachers and leaders long-term, sustainable support for developing, refining, and reflecting on instructional practices.


Our partners provide the ideal experience with our curriculum.

IM Certified Partners share our commitment to providing the IM Certified Curriculum to all teachers and students as it is meant to be experienced, in the format they need to ensure success.

Imagine IM, from Imagine Learning, offers the comprehensive IM® v.360 curriculum with enhanced resources. Imagine IM includes classroom-ready print books designed for usability. The digital experience offers customizable lessons, interactive tools, assessments, and exclusive features like digital centers and videos. Imagine Learning is IM’s original premium partner and supports districts to ensure implementation with integrity.

Kendall Hunt is an IM Certified Partner and print provider of the upgraded IM® v.360 curriculum. The Kendall Hunt version will be the pure, untouched print version – one that is unaltered, unedited, and aligns directly with IM’s free digital version. In addition to this upgraded print version, Kendall Hunt offers professional learning opportunities aligned with customer needs.

IM® v.360 powered by Kiddom unites ground-breaking technology with Illustrative Mathematics’ high-quality curriculum.  Kiddom empowers educators to customize, implement, and measure the impact of IM® v.360 on a simple, powerful platform. A full suite of digital tools and functionality creates dynamic, engaging learning experiences for students, while real-time data supports informed instructional choices.


Fill out this form, and an IM Certified Partner will contact you to discuss your options for accessing IM 6–8 Math.

An Expert-Authored Curriculum

We’re Dedicated to Teacher and Student Success

Our curricula are designed by respected thought leaders who share IM’s goal
to create a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics.

William G. McCallum

William G. McCallum

CEO and Cofounder

Bill McCallum has dedicated his life to helping teachers, educators, mathematicians, and policymakers show fidelity to both mathematical coherence and student learning.

He is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at The University of Arizona, where he researches number theory and arithmetical algebraic geometry, authors textbooks, and advises researchers and policymakers. Bill’s work as a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics earned him the Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Mathematical Society and the Dolciani Award from the Mathematical Association of America.

As CEO and cofounder of Illustrative Mathematics, Bill chairs the organization’s board of directors, helping craft IM’s strategic direction and contributing to the curricula. He also represents IM to funders, at speaking events, and in workshops.

Kristin Umland

Kristin Umland

President and Cofounder

Kristin Umland believes that by coordinating the expertise of teachers, mathematicians, mathematics educators, and business professionals, we can help all students realize their mathematical potential.

Before joining the IM team, she was an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico (UNM). After joining UNM with a PhD in Mathematics, she carried out research in mathematics education, taught pre-service and in-service elementary and secondary teachers, and conducted education outreach at the local, state, and national level. A recipient of both the Louise Hay Award and the AMS Impact Award, Kristin’s goal has always been to improve the mathematical and pedagogical quality of children’s learning experiences.

Kate Nowak

Kate Nowak

6–12 Curriculum Lead Author

Kate is a writer, teacher, and curriculum designer. After a successful eight years teaching high school mathematics and writing the popular blog f(t), she transitioned into a career in curriculum design.

Kate was the instructional lead author of the IM 6–8 and IM geometry, algebra 1, and algebra 2 curricula, and loves leading teams to create products that help teachers and students know, use, and enjoy mathematics.

Yenche Tioanda

Yenche Tioanda

Grade 6 Lead, IM 6–8 Math v.III

Yenche is passionate about learning and helping others learn. Her adventures in mathematics education began in Philadelphia, where she taught high school students as a member of Teach For America and later served as a founding teacher of Science Leadership Academy.

Since then, she has strived to create meaningful learning experiences—in mathematics and beyond—as a curriculum designer, leader of professional learning communities, academic director, and consultant to schools and non-profit organizations.

Yenche served as the lead author of the grade 6 course in the IM 6–8 curriculum, the lead for Algebra 1 in the IM 9–12 curriculum, and a writer for the IM K–5 curriculum.

Yenche holds a BA in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis, an MArch from Harvard Design School, and an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Mourtgos

Michelle Mourtgos

Grade 7 Lead, IM 6–8 Math v.III

Michelle is motivated by a desire to help teachers enjoy teaching, help students enjoy learning, and build everyone’s sense of self-efficacy.

A middle school math teacher since 2007, Michelle holds an MEd in Curriculum & Supervision from Pennsylvania State University. She received the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education in 2013.

Michelle was the lead author for grade 7 of the Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 math curriculum.

Ashli Black

Ashli Black

Grade 8 Lead, IM 6–8 Math v.III

Ashli is inspired by doing math with other teachers, discussing classroom practice, and reading what research tells us about how to best support student learning. She began her education career as a high school teacher in Washington State. She is a national board certified teacher and an alumna of the Park City Mathematics Institute.

Ashli was the lead writer of the grade 8 and Algebra 2 IM curricula.

Max Ray-Riek

Max Ray-Riek

6–12 Writer

Max Ray-Riek is IM’s senior director of teacher professional learning and a contributing writer for the IM high school curriculum. Max is a former secondary mathematics teacher and previously worked for The Math Forum, focusing on fostering problem-solving and making student thinking the center of math class. He is the lead author of Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense Making with the Math Practices.

Max values each student’s ideas and works to help students see themselves as people who can listen, connect, and act mathematically. He finds the art and discipline of teaching to be the hardest, most rewarding, and most important work in the world.