Please view our math software demonstration of the Algebra Functions and Data Analysis curriculum by choosing a lesson from the list:
Lines of Prediction
Real World Applications of Functions, Tables and Graphs
Events: Independent and Dependent
Cortez Management Corporation organized an educational cooperative, in 1999, in response to the Virginia SOL's. This initiative was led by a group of educators to research and develop a new approach to teaching math to all ability levels. Computers provide the content, video based tutorials assist in reinforcement, and teacher directed small group instruction assure effective application and comprehensive learning in the resulting model. Teachers are "the guide on the side" versus "the sage on the stage." The retraining of teachers is a major component of this program. Cortez Math excels in 13 divisions with more than 10,000 students. It is an approved math model for VDOE, CSRD, and NCLB for grades 3 through Algebra II.
The math program is comprised of two instructional areas: the lab and the breakout room. The class is divided into four academically homogeneous groups that rotate through the breakout room with the teacher. Small group instruction is geared to cooperative learning and differentiated lessons. The breakout lessons are prescribed and paced according to student progress. Most students begin in remediation lessons that are prerequisite to the course level instruction.
The students in the lab receive individualized software instruction that incorporates necessary remediation assigned on a mastery basis. CMC tracks student progress on a benchmark system that mirrors a percentage of completion method.
The program requires two fulltime employees: one lab administrator and one teacher to support 24 to 30 students per class period. The optimal schedule is 60 minutes per day.

Administrator CMC Employee

Teacher School Board Employee


Computer Lab Drill & Skill Applications

Breakout Room Concept Applications

Cortez Math Program Opportunities
• Affords simultaneous remediation and acceleration in each class
• Supports multiple curriculums in a single class, ie, Prealgebra and Algebra students in a class
• Facilitates higher number of students completing Algebra by the 8th grade
• Enables dual enrollment for more students
• Provides SOL, SAT, and Compass Test Prep Programs
County 
2007 
2008 
Projected 2009 

8 by 7 
Alg by 8 
8 by 7 
Alg by 8 
8 by 7 
Alg by 8 

Division I 
100% 
40% 
100% 
66% 
100% 
76% 
Division II 
NA 
42% 
NA 
63% 
100% 
73% 
Division III 
NA 
19% 
100% 
21% 
100% 
76% 
The majority of students in the Cortez lab are identified as 'at risk' students. The middle school SOL pass rates for 2009 exceeded 80%. High school math results in 2009 in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II exceeded 90%.
2015 Virginia SOL Verified Credit Results 

*CMC published results do no reflect adjustments for recovery gains.  
Algebra I  Geometry  Algebra II  
*80%  *88%  *87% 
Substitute Package  Remediation Program 

