February 2020

Secondary Math Updates

New Courses: Algebra 1 and Algebra 1A

We are excited about new courses that are coming to the math department next year. We are transitioning from the Integrated Pathway into the Traditional Pathway. Here's what that means starting with the 2020-2021 school year.


Incoming freshmen will have a choice between taking Algebra 1 and Algebra 1A. Algebra 1A allows students to spend more time learning Algebra since the course is spread out over two years. Students taking Algebra 1A as 9th graders will then take Algebra 1B as 10th graders. They will earn two math credits on this pathway. They will not take the AIR test until the year they take Algebra 1B. Note that NCAA only recognizes a two-year course as one credit.


Factors for deciding between Algebra 1 and Algebra 1A:


  • AIR/OST scores
  • MAP data
  • Grades
  • Attendance
  • EVAAS projections
  • Recommendation of teacher/guidance counselor/administrator
  • Parent / student wishes


No single factor outweighs the others. All of these details need to be taken into consideration as a whole. That last point is very important: what course does the student want to take? If the answer is Algebra 1, he or she should be enrolled in that course.


One great thing about the Algebra 1A/1B option: students can still take courses in summer school or Credit Flex to advance. They can also take more than one math class in a school year. This will allow students on the Algebra 1A/1B pathway to still reach Math 4 courses.

Integrated Math II / Geometry

Students currently taking Integrated Math I will take Integrated Math II next year. Geometry will replace Integrated Math II the following year. It is important for our students to not miss important content while transitioning. Details are being worked out concerning how to teach the course while implementing a new textbook adoption.


Integrated Math III and Algebra 2 are considered the same subject by ODE, so we can change the name of that course at any time.

New Courses: Math 4 Options

Students completing Integrated Math III this year will have the following options for next year:


  • Precalculus
  • Financial Literacy Math
  • ODE Modeling and Reasoning Pilot course (select schools)
  • Other subjects offered at each building (CCP, Stats Through Social Justice, etc.)


We are piloting two options for Financial Literacy Math. Below is the course description:


Areas of study taught in Financial Literacy Math include sources of income, budgeting, banking, consumer credit, credit laws and rights, personal bankruptcy, insurance, spending, taxes, investment strategies, savings accounts, mutual funds and the stock market, buying a vehicle, and living independently. This is a Math 4 course.

Textbook Adoption / RFP

We have been piloting products from four publishers this year. Soon we will be putting together a textbook committee to select products we will be using for the next several years. This is a very important step. If you are interested in being a part of the textbook committee, please let Steve Hiner know. As we know your time is valuable, we plan to keep the process brief.


The official Request For Proposal (RFP) has been posted on the CCS website. In addition to the materials that we are piloting, other publishers can submit proposals as well.

New Curriculum Documents

Curriculum documents are being edited and combined into one file per 6-12 grade course that will contain the following:


  • Scope and Sequence
  • CCS Clear Learning Targets
  • ODE Model Curriculum with Instructional Supports
  • AIR Blueprints


Our Clear Learning Targets will contain:


  • Key vocabulary terms
  • "I Can" statements
  • Links to supplemental resources
  • Textbook information
  • AIR test specs (middle school through Algebra 1)


This process will run through the rest of the school year as we need to choose a textbook company before finalizing the documents.

AIR Test: Math I or Algebra 1?

The latest budget passed by the state left us in the middle of a tricky situation. State law now dictates that students must pass an Algebra 1 EOC test. ODE has always considered the term "Algebra 1" and "Integrated Math I" to be interchangeable. The state does not. The bottom line: all students in the class of 2023 and beyond are expected to pass an Algebra 1 test, regardless of the pathway their district is following.


ODE applied for a waiver to allow Integrated Math I to count in place of Algebra 1. This was back in October. There has been little movement on this issue to this point.


Our current 9th graders will not be taking the Algebra 1 test this year. They have not had all of the content yet. It is unclear as to whether or not they will take the Integrated Math I test this year. If it does not count (since students are required to pass an Algebra 1 test), there is no point in making thousands of students take the Integrated Math I test. However, if the waiver goes through, Integrated Math I would count. So it may be better to test them just in case.


We know it's frustrating. ODE has been contacted and other Integrated districts have been consulted. Most integrated districts plan to have their students take the Integrated Math I test "just in case". More info will follow as we learn more.


If our current 9th graders are required to take an Algebra 1 test, that test will be given next year after they have had a change to learn all of the Algebra 1 content.


Then, we still have to figure out if the state will require a Geometry test. Federal guidelines may require it even if the state does not. Again, stay tuned for more info!

Census

This is a big year! Every ten year a new census is taken. We encourage teachers to incorporate the census into some lesson plans. Here is a website with some great information:


https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/activities/math.html


Did you do a great lesson? Let us know!

Splitting Courses into Semesters

By now you have probably heard that CCS will be splitting full year courses into semesters. This will not really change how you teach a course except that the scope and sequence for each course will be modified to allow units to end at the semester break (instead of carrying over into the next semester). The grading policy will have to come from the Board.


Our courses are being renamed as we add Algebra 1 this year, Geometry next year, etc. But you will notice names like "Algebra 1 (X)" for first semester and "Algebra 1 (Y)" for second semester. Again, each course is still a full-year course for one credit.

MS Summer School

Actually, we are not using the term "summer school" as we are doing something new this year. We are planing on offering all middle school students an enrichment opportunity. Students will choose from several hands-on project-based activities including drones, food science, 3D modeling/printing, aviation, robotics, and more.


Teachers will be Boarded to design the activities as teams. We encourage teachers holding any certification to apply (coming soon!).

HS Summer School

High school summer school plans are being finalized. We plan to offer 9th grade courses in a blended format at five locations. Credit Recovery would be offered for 10th-12th grade students. Please stay tuned for more details as we work through the planning process.

Department Chairs/Liaisons

Below are the dates for the remaining MS Curriculum Liaison and HS Department Chair meetings. All meetings are held at Southland Center, 3700 South High Street.


MS Curriculum Liaisons

4:00pm - 6:00pm


March 17, 2020

May 19, 2020


We will schedule a make up meeting sometime in April. Stay tuned.


HS Department Chairs

3:30pm-5:30pm


February 5, 2020

March 4, 2020

April 1, 2020

May 6, 2020

MS Accelerated Math

There are no more parent nights scheduled for the MS Accelerated Math program. However, students and parents can view a video of one of the parent nights on our website. They can also view all of the relevant documents on the website.


Identified students are encouraged to work in the Math 7 ALEKS account and try the online practice test in Edulastic. Teachers can recommend students to try out for the program by filling out a form on the website.


Website: http://www.ccsoh.us/accmath