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Common Core State Standards


Mathematical Practices

CPM can help you along the path to CCSS, regardless of which text you are using.
CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


The Standards for Mathematical Practice are a significant focus of CCSS. They are a set of eight practices that describe the thinking processes, habits of mind, and dispositions that students need to develop a deep, flexible, and enduring understanding of mathematics.

All CPM Core Connections (CCSS editions 2013) and Connections (first editions) texts are already fully aligned with the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice. Click here for content correlations.

The CPM curriculum (original and Connections series) since its inception has been based on three principles of course design that are based solidly on the methodological research in teaching mathematics:

  • Students learn best engaged in inquiry that leads to deep conceptual understanding of the underlying mathematics, exploiting each others' insights, and using distributed learning to increases retention and transfer of knowledge;

  • The CPM Connections series integrates basic skills and procedures with conceptual understanding, encouraging students to understand ideas, see relationships between them, and apply mathematical principles to complex problems; and

  • Students are held responsible for high academic rigor, analysis, and critical thinking, and communicate their mathematical findings in writing or in oral presentations in a clear and convincing manner.
The CPM Core Connections series (2013) is the second edition of the original Connections series that was prepared to meet the CCSS content standards sequence. The mathematical practices are embedded int he lessons of these courses. The original Connections series (2006-2009) predates the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice by several years, yet the practices advocated by the Standards are naturally integrated as a core foundation throughout the entire CPM curriculum.

How CPM courses meet the Mathematical Practices

Core Connections, Course 1 PDF (193KB)
Core Connections, Course 2 PDF (193KB)
Core Connections, Course 3 PDF (197KB)
Algebra Connections (Algebra 1) PDF (209KB)
Geometry Connections PDF (205KB)
Algebra 2 Connections PDF (205KB)


Professional Development for implementing Mathematical Practices

Get a head start on implementing the CCSS standards. CPM offers professional development on implementing the CCSS Mathematical Practices using whatever book you are currently using in your classroom, CPM or non-CPM.