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On April 11, the District 65 School Board considered cutting short a four-year pilot project and to approve “Connected Math Project” (CMP) as the math text for all middle schools because the other text is being phased out.

This is the third year of a four-year pilot project to compare student achievement and teacher experience with two different middle school math textbooks, CMP and “Math Thematics.” Assistant Superintendent Susan Schultz told members of the Board that the publisher of “Math Thematics” decided not to align the text with the Common Core State Standards that were recently adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education, and decided not to support the text with professional development or technology upgrades in the future.

By contrast, she said, CMP has already developed materials that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

She said the middle school math teachers agreed that all middle schools should use CMP as soon as feasible. MT will be used one more year in eighth grade at Chute and Haven, where it has been piloted. Ms. Schultz added that there was little difference between the two texts based on the first two years experience with the texts.

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...