Introduction and Implementation Strategies for the Interactive Mathematics Program: A
Guide for Teacher-Leaders and Administrators
We at Key Curriculum Press have been serving educators since 1971 and we remain steadfast in our
commitment to support high-quality mathematics education by providing innovative textbooks,
software, supplemental materials, and professional development. Key Curriculum Press is proud to be
publishing the critically acclaimed curriculum materials developed by the Interactive Mathematics
Program. This curriculum is in keeping with our traditions of innovation and excellence.
The Interactive Mathematics Program developed its high school curriculum to transform into reality
the vision of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as embodied in their Curriculum
and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989). This four-year core curriculum of
problem-based mathematics replaces the traditional Algebra I - Geometry - Algebra II/Trigonometry -
Precalculus sequence. It integrates traditional areas of mathematics with new topics such as
probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, and matrix algebra in exciting and innovative ways.
It is only natural that questions would arise about a mathematics curriculum that is so different
from the one currently being used in most high schools; we address many of these questions in this
In creating this document, Key Curriculum Press turned to the Interactive Mathematics Program - a
community of teachers, teacher-educators, and mathematicians. This community has learned a great
deal about change since beginning in 1989. They not only responded to our initial set of questions
but contributed others of their own. As a result, this introduction to the Interactive Mathematics
Program is based on the experience of the program's directors and writers as well as that of the
hundreds of teachers and many thousands of students who have been implementing the Interactive
Mathematics Program daily in their schools.
Steve Rasmussen, President