CPM FAQs

  • College Preparatory Integrated Math (CPM) FAQs

    Why was the decision made to continue with CPM?
    The results of two different surveys and standardized math tests suggest that with modifications, the new curriculum is better and provides great advantages in the long run for our students. Early standardized test results indicate that the new curriculum was not harmful, but in fact will be beneficial for students both in and out of the classroom going forward.

    Students are engaged in math within the classroom at higher levels with the CPM Integrated Math program. In addition, they are more mathematically literate than with our old program. The CPM program is also better aligned with the state mathematics standards and our district strategic direction. The evidence demonstrates that it increases student problem-solving skills and offers greater exposure to probability/statistics and real-life applications of mathematics.

    Learn more:
    Read our full executive summary and program analysis for information regarding key findings.
    See our data on student performance.
    Learn how the CPM program aligns to state standards and our district initiatives.

    What has changed since the inception of the CPM program?
    With the help of our teachers, parents and students, changes were made to improve the classroom experience. The changes include:

    • Group grading not included as part of individual term grades
    • Increased direct instruction, from 50-70%
    • Increased whole-class, teacher-directed instruction at key lesson points
    • Relearn/retake unit test opportunities
    • Increased math support class options
    • Additional math elective for third trimester during Integrated Math 2 & 3
    • Continued professional development/coaching for staff

    What about honors and Advanced Placement classes?
    Honors and Advanced Placement sequences will continue as we move forward with the CPM program. The district will continue to provide opportunities for high achieving students to be challenged and encouraged to reach new and greater heights.

    What can you expect from BPS?

    • Continuous collection of program implementation feedback from classrooms, students and parents in an effort to adjust implementation to best meet the needs of all students.
    • Parent programs around the CPM philosophy and instructional approach.
    • Continued professional development for teachers around content, group dynamics, assessment for learning, and best practices in mathematics instruction.

    How can my student get additional help?
    Students should discuss with their math teacher or counselor the following options:

    • Math lab classes
    • Optional third trimester elective math
    • X-Block help
    • Lunchtime help
    • CPM online help
    • Before or after school teacher help
    • CPM parent guide