The New Albany-Plain Local School District adopted the use of College Preparatory Mathematics, or CPM, in math courses covering content in sixth grade through Geometry for the 2018-2019 school year. Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus transitioned to using CPM materials in the 2019-2020 school year. This website will assist you in learning more about CPM and how to access resources for home use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did NAPLS choose College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)?

After a study of math programs during the 2017-2018 school year, CPM was selected due to its rigor, alignment with state standards, and successful implementation in other high achieving school districts. For additional information about the process to select CPM, please refer to this letter from New Albany High School (click here).

Which math courses will utilize CPM curriculum?

Regardless of the building that a student attends, Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, Pre-Algebra A, Pre-Algebra B, Algebra 1, Geometry, PSD (Probability, Statistics & Discrete Mathematics), Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus are using CPM this year.

Are there resources available to support students at home with CPM?

CPM has developed Parent Guides which can be accessed by using the menu on the left and selecting the specific course. For homework assistance, CPM has created websites with tutorials and additional support. Those websites can also be accessed using the menu on this site.

Is there time at school for my student to receive additional math support?

In addition to the daily math period, students can seek assistance during Eagle Period (NAIS), Study Center (NAMS) or Office Hours & Math Lab (NAHS).

What are the benefits of students working in small groups, or teams, as part of CPM lessons?

There are often several ways to solve problems in CPM. Teams are designed to allow students to have conversations about the ways in which they solved a particular problem. To learn more about the different student roles in CPM, please refer to the slide titled "Team Roles" in the New Albany Middle School August 2018 CPM Math Parent Night presentation (click here).

What is the composition of student teams in CPM?

Most student teams will consist of four students. The duration of a team working together will depend on a student's conceptual understanding of the unit and will vary by teacher. Students will have the opportunity to work with different teams throughout the year and students will change their roles within a team frequently. All students will have the opportunity to be the facilitator, resource manager, task manager, and reporter/recorder.

How are teachers involved during the part of a lesson that students are working in teams?

During collaborative work time, teachers are rotating around the the classroom questioning, correcting misunderstandings, developing an understanding of what students know and determining the next steps for instruction.

What is the assessment process in a CPM class and will the grading system change from previous years?

Assessments will continue to be given individually. Grades will continue to be weighted as they were prior to the implementation of CPM curriculum. Depending on the course, 65-80% of a student's grade will consist of individual assessments. The remaining 20-35% of a student's grade will be based on homework, ALEKS (NAIS and NAMS) and assignments completed in class. PowerSchool will continue to be the on-line resource for viewing student grades.

What is the structure of a typical CPM lesson?

Please click here for an overview of a CPM lesson taught at NAMS on The Pythagorean Theorem. Please click here for a video overview of a CPM lesson taught at NAHS on special triangles. Although content changes from course to course, the day to day structure remains fairly consistent.

CPM Research-Based Principles

“Students should engage in problem-based lessons structured around a core idea.

Guided by a knowledgeable teacher, students should interact in groups to foster mathematical discourse.

Practice with concepts and procedures should be spaced over time; that is, mastery comes over time.” (

CPM Philosophy Statements

1. Students must be actively involved in their learning.

2. Teachers are responsible for actively guiding, supporting and summarizing.

3. Teachers need to establish and maintain effective study teams.

4. Mastery takes time, effort and support.

5. Assessing what students understand requires more than one method.

6. In a balanced program skill development is based upon problem solving and beginning understanding.

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