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CPM Educational Program, a California non-profit corporation, has provided problem-based instructional materials and professional development for teachers since its inception in 1989. “College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)” was originally an Eisenhower-funded grant program. CPM teaching strategies focus on how students best learn and retain mathematics. Teaching strategies rely on the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and are based solidly on the methodological research in teaching mathematics. The research-based principles that guide the course are:
Although CPM predates the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice by about 20 years, very similar practices have always been a core and integral part of CPM curriculum materials. Because of CPM’s broad experience and long history with these practices, the CCSS Mathematical Practices are deeply and seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of the daily lessons. The course balances procedural fluency (algorithms and basic skills), deep conceptual understanding, strategic competence (problem solving), and adaptive reasoning (application and extension).