



Implementation Story Connected Mathematics Program Portland, Michigan Since 1991, Portland Middle School in Portland, Michigan has been a field test site for the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP), a mathematics curriculum for grades 6, 7, and 8 that is being implemented in a number of schools across the United States. CMP is modeled after the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Standards for excellence in mathematics. The goal of CMP is to help students achieve a comprehensive understanding of mathematics and enhance their problemsolving and reasoning skills. The curriculum is designed to help students develop a knowledge and understanding of mathematics by making connections  connections among core ideas in mathematics, between mathematics and other subjects, and with the application of mathematics skills in the real world. RESULTSThe impact of the project on Portland students has been significant. Portland Middle School's test scores on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) show an increase in the percentage of students with satisfactory scores and a decrease of students with low scores (see table below).
Portland students also showed improvements on all individual strand subscores on the MEAP (see table below).
