Features of the CPMP Curriculum

Unified Content
Each year of the curriculum advances student understanding of mathematics along interwoven strands of algebra and functions, statistics and probability, geometry and trigonometry, and discrete mathematics. These mathematical strands are developed in coherent, focused units that are connected by fundamental ideas such as function, symmetry, and data analysis; and by mathematical habits of mind such as visual thinking, recursive thinking, and searching for and explaining patterns.

Mathematical Modeling
The curriculum emphasizes mathematical modeling, including the processes of data collection, representation, interpretation, prediction, and simulation.

Access and Challenge
The curriculum is designed to make more mathematics accessible to more students, while at the same time challenging the most able students. Differences in students' performance and interest can be accommodated by the depth and level of abstraction to which core topics are pursued, by the nature and degree of difficulty of applications, and by opportunities for student choice on homework tasks and projects.
Students in a CPMP classroom

Short clips of classrooms are available
at Parent Support: CPMP Classrooms.


Whole class summary

Technology
Numerical, graphical, and programming/link capabilities such as those found on many graphing calculators are assumed and appropriately used throughout the curriculum. This use of technology permits the curriculum and instruction to emphasize reasoning with multiple representations (verbal, numerical, graphical, and symbolic) and to focus on goals in which mathematical thinking and problem solving are central.

Active Learning
Instructional materials promote active learning and teaching centered around collaborative small-group investigations of problem situations followed by teacher-led whole class summarizing activities that lead to analysis, abstraction, and further application of underlying mathematical ideas. Students are actively engaged in exploring, conjecturing, verifying, generalizing, applying, proving, evaluating, and communicating mathematical ideas.

Multi-dimensional Assessment
Comprehensive assessment of student understanding and progress through both curriculum-embedded and supplementary assessment tasks supports instruction and enables monitoring and evaluation of each student's performance in terms of mathematical content, processes, and dispositions.

Flexibility
Design of Course 4 permits tailoring of seven-unit courses around four core units plus options so as to keep all college-bound students in the mathematics pipeline whether their intended undergraduate program is calculus-based or not.

Selected research that informed the curriculum development is available at Parent Support: Research Base.

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