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Expanded Mathematics Access Program (EMAP)

First in Math Celebration

Lime Kiln Elementary School

On Friday, May 3, 2024, Commissioner Rosa and Regent Wills joined Lime Kiln Elementary School in celebrating their being number one in the nation in First in Math. Please view the celebration by clicking here.

To support mathematics fluency and foster the love of math within elementary students (K-5) across New York, the New York State Education Department launched the Expanded Mathematics Access Program (EMAP) in 2019. NYSED has contracted with the First In Math Online Program to provide students in grades K-5 with free access to online standards-based, math games and activities at no cost to NYS districts or students. First in Math is an optional program with flexible use, which can include enrichment/extension, fun summer learning, and/or to supplement/complement current work being done in the classroom. The additional practice provides support to assist students in meeting grade-level fluency expectations and is accessible at school and at home.  It also allows for families to support their student’s math education.

Please note that First in Math is not a curriculum, and curriculum decisions remain at the local school district level in New York State. Using these free math resources is not a requirement for districts, but an additional free resource to support mathematics education.

In addition to providing the free online program, the New York State Education Department and First In Math host an annual Statewide Tournament (Regional Contests and Statewide Event) for mathematics. This competitive event brings together students, educators, and families, in a friendly and supportive environment geared toward encouraging students to strengthen and apply math knowledge and skills.

NEW! NYSED and First in Math are pleased to announce that, beginning June 2024, students in grades 6-8, and schools that serve students in those grades, will also be eligible to participate in EMAP and the Statewide Mathematics Tournament.

Reaching students at an early age and providing engaging, challenging learning opportunities will not only help students be prepared for more challenging coursework in later years, but also to be able to take advantage of the opportunities available in a world that increasingly needs individuals with strong STEM skills.

To learn more about how to access (sign up for) the free online math resources for students in grades K-8, please visit the First In Math information webpage, or contact Nan Ronis, Executive VP, directly at or by phone at 610-253-5255.

Online program: First In Math

Contact Information:

Nan Ronis, Executive VP
FIM/NYSED information page

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