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Will CMP3 just mean more topics?

August 22, 2011

Reader Mark Schommer asked in the comments recently:

I fear time. It appears to me that CMP has added time to a schedule that is very full already. My teachers have difficulty finishing the requirements and to add additional (even though it is necessary) makes me much more concerned.

Will CMP3 be removing current CMP2 topics or re-aligning?

This is an important question.

At present, there exist materials produced by Pearson (our publisher) that are supplements for aligning CMP2 with Common Core. These materials are what Mark fears-putting more stuff into an already overloaded year of instruction. They are a stopgap measure-something to help schools and teachers get by during this time of transition to CCSS.

But they are not a satisfactory long term solution.

The long term solution is a full revision of the materials. That’s what CMP3 will be.

We do not have the National Science Foundation grant money that we had in CMP1 and CMP2, and we do not have the kind of time we did in those versions either. As a result, we are trying to use a light touch on the materials. But if you have tried to do an alignment with CCSS, you know that a light touch won’t cover everything. And this is especially true at sixth grade.

Here are a few of the more substantive changes at sixth grade that we are field testing this school year. This list is not comprehensive; it is intended to give you the flavor of what we are working and how CCSS will impact Connected Math classrooms over the next few years.

  1. Number properties (especially the distributive property) is going into Prime Time so that we can refer to them throughout sixth grade.
  2. Shapes and Designs will become a seventh-grade unit.
  3. Variables and Patterns will become a sixth-grade unit, with some adjustments and the inclusion of some beginning equation solving.
  4. Ratios will go into Bits and Pieces I.

This last one may have been the most challenging feat of all to pull off, and it is one of the units on which we are most looking forward to feedback from the field. Our first try at this had us tacking on an extra investigation to Bits and Pieces I. Of course, this is the exact fear Mark expressed in his comment. Our latest version weaves ratios throughout the unit-asking students to make comparisons among the fundraising goals and progress of the various classes, for instance. We have decreased attention to things that come earlier in Common Core in order to make space for ratios.


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  1. Janet Bauer permalink

    I have fully taught CMP for 6 years and I love it. This summer I had the pleasure to come to Michigan State for the week long workshop and it was fantastic. My question is, how do you get to field test CMP3? I would love the opportunity!

  2. Christopher permalink

    We are working without external funding this time around, Janet, and on a much tighter timeline than in CMP 1 and 2. As a result, the piloting is already under way and on a much smaller scale. We are really focusing our field test efforts on the sixth-grade materials, as they have been disrupted the most by CCSS, and those field tests are taking place right now.

  3. Todd Doleshall permalink

    I have been teaching CMP2 to 6th grade students for several years at a 6-12 school. We are opening a new K- 6 school next Sept and would like more info on the CMP3 ASAP. We would like to use the program for the new school.

    Todd Doleshall

    • Christopher permalink

      We are on track for availability for implementation Fall 2013. This is from both the development perspective and the publisher perspective.

      There are two major drivers for the revision: (1) Full compliance with Common Core State Standards, and (2) Using electronic media to deliver teacher and student content. Details of (2) are still under development, but rest assured that very careful attention is being paid to how best to use electronic media to support implementation and daily teaching.

      As things become finalized, we’ll post information on this blog.

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