What is Continental Math League (CML)?
It is a national problem solving competition that requires your child to complete timed, written tests. There are six challenging word problems on each test. At the end of the competition, top scorers within our school will be recognized for their achievement with awards. *Website: cmleague.com
When does it take place?
- Grades 4 & 5: It takes place once a month starting in November and ending in March.
- Select students in Grades 2 & 3: It takes place once a month starting in January or February and ending in April.
- Schools can choose any date to give the test.
Who administers and takes the test? *Varies by school and program
- Grades 4 & 5: Classroom teachers
- Select students in Grades 2 & 3 (Inivte only): Classroom teachers or Administrators
- All Academically Talented classes: Classroom teachers
- The test is taken individually.
- There is a separate test for each grade level.
How long does it take to administer each test? The tests are timed at 30 minutes each. There are six questions per meet.
Why should my child participate? Many teachers and parents find that both mathematical skills and reading skills are improved for students. This assessment will provide us with additional information regarding your child’s problem-solving ability. Students enjoy this type of task as it differs from daily practice/assessments.
This competition allows our students to further engage themselves in the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practices, as follows:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. “I can solve problems without giving up.”
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. “I can think about numbers in many ways.”
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. “I can explain my thinking and try to understand others.”
4. Model with mathematics. “I can show my work in many ways.”
5. Use appropriate tools strategically. “I can use math tools and tell why I chose them.”
6. Attend to precision. “I can work carefully and check my work.”
7. Look for and make use of structure. “I can use what I already know to solve new problems.”
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning “I can solve problems by looking for rules and patterns.”