# Course Update from AJ

### Spring 2017 Edition 3

## GaVS Spring Break is over soon! Remember we do not follow your face to face schedules.

Other school breaks, vacations, field trips, school holidays, school events, extra curricular activities, etc. will not be given work extensions!

Please refer to the student handbook if you have illness or bereavement. We have policies in place for those.

Please also remember that individual teachers are not allowed to extend deadlines for students. Administration makes extensions for students on a case by case basis, after documentation is submitted, per the handbook policies.

Please do not ask your individual teacher for an extension.

## EOC Exam Details

**Course ID - 27.09950 : Accelerated Geometry B/ Algebra II **

**Corresponding EOC - Geometry **

**End of Course**

**Domain**

**Approximate Percent of Test**

Congruence and Similarity

35%

Circles

15%

Equations and Measurement

35%

Statistics and Probability

15%

Click here for the Study Guide!

Upon completion of the 2nd semester (B or AB course) of the course, public school students are required to complete a Georgia Milestone End of Course assessment. Beginning with summer semester 2014, public school students will take the Georgia Milestone EOC assessment at their local school. Public school students should contact their facilitator to determine when their school’s next Georgia Milestone EOC assessment administration date will be held.

If public school students enrolled in a Georgia Milestone EOC course have not taken the Georgia Milestone EOC assessment or the facilitator has not reported the score to GaVS, the pre-final course average will not be released. GaVS only releases final course grades. Private, home school, and out of state students will be expected to take a final exam in place of the Georgia Milestone EOC assessment.

For public school students who entered ninth grade for the first time before July 1, 2011, the numeric score on the EOC assessment counts as 15% of the student’s final numeric grade in the course. For public school students who entered ninth grade on or after July 1, 2011, the numeric score on the Georgia Milestone EOC assessment counts as 20% of the student’s final grade in the course. (State Board Rule 160-4-2-.13)

Non-public and out of state students are not required to take the Georgia Milestone EOC assessment. Instead, those students will take a final exam inside the course. However, be aware that if a non-public or out of state student transfers from a non-accredited program to a Georgia public high school, all Georgia Milestone EOC assessments must be taken and passed to receive credit for the course and meet graduation requirements

Allowable Calculators:

Scientific calculator with functionalities consistent with TI-30XS MV or similar models.

Graphing calculator with functionalities consistent with TI-84 or similar models.

## Are you wondering about how to get more help or more practice problems for the End of Course Assessment?

Join our special class on www.usatestprep.com for extra test prep and remediation. Complete the assignments for extra practice and up to 3 assignment replacements per semester course. (AB can do up to 6 replacement grades.)

Account id: gavirtual.

Student password: newton88.

Class: Acc GSE Geometry B/Algebra II

To submit an assignment replacement:

- Complete the benchmark assignment on USATestPrep with the same unit title as the assignment you wish to replace. *Note some assignments are only for review and some unit titles are not covered.
- Take a screenshot of your completion score or print summary as a PDF.
- Submit the picture or PDF as a dropbox item under the Test Preparation - Enrichment & Remediation assignment.
**Label the document as the same name on the gradebook as the grade that is being replaced.**EX. MG_A Converting Assignment

## Everyone should Join!

## Always On: All Practice is Test Practice

The day after a test, every math teacher has heard this student complaint:

“But I did all my homework, and I got the problems right! How could I have made a 50 on the test?”

Of course, the question is usually intended to advertise the student’s powerful work ethic, and perhaps to give the teacher a twinge of guilt for having flunked him.

On the other hand, if the student really has been working hard on the homework, then there may be some easy adjustments he can make to improve his results. Ask these questions:

- Are you making yourself too comfortable when you work?

A common mistake is for students to work on math problems in too relaxed a posture. They should be sitting at a desk, with minimal distractions, and working the problems exactly as if they were testing.

- Do you have too many reference aids? Are you using your notes, homework problems, formula sheets, stuffed animals, Twitter buddies, etc.?

Students often practice with far more assistance than they will have on the test. Stress to them that EVERY problem should be attempted -- at least to begin with -- as though it were being done on a test. Students should get as far as they can and then, if they get stuck, try to get just enough information to continue the problem, but no more. They may have to resort to little “tricks” to make this happen; for example, covering the bottom part of a solution so as to see only the next step, or asking a friend to tell them what the next step is, etc.

- Are you checking every problem -- NOT by looking at a solution, but on your own?

It is just as important to practice the checking process as it is to practice the solving process. On a test you do not have a place to look to see quickly whether your answers are right -- you have to decide if your answer is reasonable and check it on your own. Do this every time to develop this extremely useful habit! You may be surprised at how many of your own errors you can catch, and learn from.

The goal of all these items is the same: Complete all your practice as if you are working on a test. Do not fool yourself into thinking you are “getting them all right” when, in fact, you are only getting them after checking your notes, trying ten formulas from your sheet, calling two friends (including Uncle Frank, the math professor), and posting a request on a homework help site.

All Practice Is Test Practice!

**About the Author**

A former math teacher in Georgia, Larry Coty is now USATestprep's Math Content Team Leader. He has two daughters and resides in Tucker, GA.

*Copyright © 2016 USATestprep, Inc., All rights reserved.*

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## Contact Me

Ms. Anderson-Johnson

Math Instructor

Georgia Virtual School