Core-Plus Mathematics: Course 4: Preparation for Calculus

Grade Levels: 11-12

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Core-Plus Mathematics is a four-year, international-like high school mathematics program that aligns well with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, including the Standards of Mathematical Practice.

Course 4 continues the preparation of students for college mathematics, with a focus on preparation for calculus. The text is designed so that students learn important mathematics and mathematical habits of mind through inquiry and problem-based investigations featuring realistic contexts.

Core-Plus Mathematics provides extensive teacher support and a suite of free available mathematical software tools

About the Program

  • Development of mathematics as an active science of patterns involving quantity and change, shape and motion, data and chance, and counting and algorithms
  • Courses organized around interwoven strands of
    • algebra and functions
    • geometry and trigonometry
    • statistics and probability
    • discrete mathematics
  • Mathematical strands developed in coherent, focused units connected by fundamental unifying ideas
  • Mathematics developed in context with an emphasis on applications and mathematical modeling
  • Student-centered investigations promote active learning through problem solving
  • Full and appropriate use of technology tools, including new CPMP-Tools® software for each course


Program Components

  • Core-Plus Course 4 Online Teacher's Guide (1-Year Subscription)
    Core-Plus Course 4 Online Teacher's Guide (1-Year Subscription)
  • Implementing the Core-Plus Mathematics Curriculum
    Implementing the Core-Plus Mathematics Curriculum
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Research Base

Non-Randomized Controlled Studies

Other Scientific Research

Evidence of Success

  • Contemporary Mathematics in Context Evaluation Results
    This report summarizes more than five years of evidence on classroom observations, student achievement outcomes, and comments from teachers and students which collectively led to the program being labeled as exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Comprehensive Mathematics Program Evaluation in Wayzata, MN
    This report provides results on ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics exams, and on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment from 1999-2005 for Wayzata High School students. During this seven-year period, the 2002 through 2005 high school graduates had studied courses based on the Core-Plus Mathematics program, Contemporary Mathematics in Context.
  • CPMP Student Performance at Holland Christian High School
    This report provides background information about the school, their implementation plan, course placement, and evaluation plan. ACT scores, Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) scores, Ability to Do Quantitative Thinking test results (for a sample of students), and Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics information is reported. The report covers a 12-year period.
  • CPMP Student Performance at Malcolm Price Laboratory School
    This report provides background information on the school, sequence of courses, and student performance on ITED Mathematics subtest, ACT Mathematics subtest, and completion rates of calculus for courses at the University of Northern Iowa. The report covers an eleven-year period.