Principals' Guide Part 3
What You Need To Know About The Redesigned SAT
Focus On Key Change 4: Math That Matters Most
In keeping with the redesign’s philosophy of deeper focus on fewer topics, the Math Test will focus on four areas essential for college readiness: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math.
Content Details & Resources for Teachers
► Analyzing and fluently solving equations and systems of equations
► Creating expressions, equations, and inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and to solve problems
► Rearranging and interpreting formulas
► Creating and analysing relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units
► Describing relationships shown graphically
► Summarizing qualitative and quantitative data
► Create and solve quadratic and exponential problems
► Create and solve radical and rational equations
► Solve systems of equations
► Understand the relationship between zeros and factors of polynomials
► Solve problems using volume formulas
► Solve problems involving right triangles
► Apply theorems about circles
►Solve problems about lines, angles, and triangles
What Does This Mean For Teaching & Learning In My Building?
* Students will need to exhibit command of mathematical practices, fluency with mathematical procedures, and conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas.
* The exam will also provide opportunities for richer applied problems.
* The Math Test will have a calculator portion and a no-calculator portion.
----- In the calculator portion, students can use their calculators to perform routine computations more efficiently, enabling them to focus on mathematical applications and
reasoning. However, the calculator is a tool that students must use strategically, deciding when and how to use it.
General Instructional Strategies
* Separate students into small working groups and ask them to discuss how to arrive at solutions.
* Vary the types of problems in homework assignments so that students aren’t always using the same strategy to find solutions.
* Assign students math problems or create classroom-based assessments that do not allow the use of a calculator.
* Use tables, expressions, and graphs that students encounter in other content areas to present math as a tool that may be applied to many areas of study rather than being relegated to math classes.
* Require students to check their answers, and always answer ALL questions!