Secondary Math

Steve Hiner * Greta Robertson, PhD

NEW Model Curriculum is Here!

ODE has updated the Model Curriculum for grades 6-8 and Math I, II, and III. You can find these document on our website under "Teachers". Click the link below to open a Google drive with all the documents. Use your regular CCS login as your Google login.

Model Curriculum

Understanding Blueprints

Did you know that ODE requires all state standards be tested at least two out of every three years? The sections in green will be tested every year. Of course, the best way to be prepared is to cover the entire course content.

View all Blueprints on the assessments page of our website.

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2018 CBusStudentHack – Coding for Community!

CBusStudentHack is a 7-week programming contest organized by Franklin University for approximately 150+ High School students around the Central Ohio region. The event aims at promoting computer science education and providing High School students with 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness. A kickoff event will take place on March 16, 2018, with a judging and awards ceremony on April 27, 2018. Participating teams will focus on developing mobile applications associated with “peacebuilding and conflict resolution for a better community”, and will use an approved application development tool.

Click the link below for more information:


AIR Test Prep

Make sure your students are ready for the upcoming AIR tests. A great site to practice all the different kinds of online test question types is INFOhio. Students can practice drag and drop, number lines, graphs, etc.

Did you know the new calculator for the AIR test uses the DESMOS calculator? Students need to practice using it before the test. We have a link to each calculator on the testing page of our website. You can access it here:

Math Assessment Page

Also, please make sure your students practice on computers they will be using for testing. For example, if students will be taking the tests on a Chrome book, it is important that they get familiar with the operation of the Chrome book.

Math 6 AIR Prep


This standard was missed by a large number of students. For extra support, check out the links below:

Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation. For example, in a problem involving motion at constant speed, list and graph ordered pairs of distances and times, and write the equation d = 65t to represent the relationship between distance and time.

Engage NY

Math Worksheetsland

Yummy Math

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News from ODE

The ONLY item type that will no longer appear on the state assessments is the Constructed Response items where the students write/type in a justification using sentences.

Exceptions from this is the Writing component in the ELA assessments and, for a few high school students, the Physical Science assessment.

Click for more information from ODE

Math 6 Accelerated Math Testing Update

It's that time again: time to administer the Math 6 Accelerated Math Placement Test! We expect over 400 students to participate.

When: Week of March 19-23 (one or two days)

Where: Your building

Students who earn a 60% or higher can enroll in Math 7 and Math 8 next year, or the compacted version of the course at Dominion and Woodward Park. Students who took the test in November can take the placement test in March. Also, students can test based on teacher recommendation.

An email will soon be sent to testing coordinators with instructions on administering the test. Also, did you know that students can view the most missed questions from the benchmark test? Complete information can be found at our website at:

ALEKS Training

Good news! We are pleased to announce that our ALEKS trainer, Kevin Thuman, is available now through May to work with you in your building. Principals recently received a form to complete and submit to Steve (middle school) or Greta (high school). If interested, please talk with your colleagues and your principal. You can also contact us and we will work with your principal to schedule a training session.
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SMART Notebook Tip!

Our newest version of SMART Notebook software has convenient built-in equation editors. No more entering fractions as two or three objects and grouping them together!
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SMART Notebook PD 201

Join us March 15 for SMART Notebook PD for more advanced features. Sign up in CiMS using activity number 1000031010.

SMART Software Update 17.1

Download SMART Notebook software on your own computer or laptop. The link and serial number are below.


Summer Opportunities and Engagement Fair

Save the date: The Summer Opportunities and Engagement Fair will be held on April 14 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Time is from 9:30am to noon. Parents and students will learn about summer events such as camps, workshops, etc. Sessions will be held on math, ELA, science, and social studies. In addition, parents and students can learn about healthy home environments and Internet safety.

Math Department Chair Meetings

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10 ways literacy can promote a deeper understanding of math

As you all know, our assessments have moved from looking like this:

Solve for x: 2x + 3 = 9

to this:

Ahmed buys some shoes online for $32.00 per pair including tax, and the shipping is $4.00. If he decides to buy more pairs of those same shoes and it doesn't change the shipping cost, how many can he buy with $100.00?

Imagine not being able to read very well! It is important that we give students the opportunity to use their reading and writing skills in math class. Click the link below for a website that includes some helpful ideas on how to improve mathematics literacy.

Math literacy

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UDL Toolkit Website of the Month

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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives contains dozens of activities, games, and puzzles for every grade level. These activities work great on a SMART Board or other interactive white board.

The java applets on this site work best in Safari or Internet Explorer (not Chrome).

Check out all the resources available on their website at the link below:

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TI webinars

Did you know that TI has virtual PD on many different topics? You can learn about Calculus resources, writing grants, teaching strategies in the mathematics classroom, STEM projects, and much more. Click the link below for more information:

TI Webinars

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NCTM webinars

NCTM has webinars scheduled this month on equity and social justice in mathematics education, support teachers and reaching students, project-based learning, and establishing goals. To find out more, click the link below:

NCTM Webinars

ALEKS Incentive

Do you have a student who has finished an ALEKS course? Or do you have a student you would like to recognize for working really hard in ALEKS? Please let us know, because we'd like to send out a little gift, an ALEKS Pie Champion water bottle.

As students finish an ALEKS course, teachers can create a new class and enroll them in it. For instance, if a student finishes Math 6, the teacher can create a Math 7 course and enroll that student in it to allow him or her to get a head start on the new material. The teacher can then either unenroll the student from the original Math 6 class (no progress is lost) or leave the student in both classes.

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Happy Pi Day!


Lesson ideas for PI DAY

Lessons from NCTM

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