Students work in groups to solve word problems, and each student is assigned a role in the solution process, according to CPM’s principles.
The school board is scheduled to hear a presentation and vote on the secondary school mathematics curriculum in April.
But the district has already begun rolling out the CPM methodology and textbooks in district-wide Algebra I and II classes, according to parents who spoke at the meeting. Most students do not have an individual textbook and are expected to use computers at home to access homework materials,Fairfield Math Advocates allege.
Sue Brand, Perry Liu, and Jennifer Maxon Kennelly, asked that district officials present CPM and any changes that have begun to roll out to the school board at its upcoming Dec. 11 meeting.
“We are the last line,” Brand said. “It is our job to make sure all students have resources. This didn’t come before the board.”
Kennelly said she did not want to wait until spring to have answers. “We cannot let this year be a lost cause.”
Liu added he was “extremely troubled” by what parents said during public comment and in emails he received prior to the meeting.
Fairfield Patch by Caitlin Mazzola Dec 10, 2012