Principals' Guide Part 3

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

Algebra and linear equations

► 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

Problem solving and data analysis

► 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

►Solve problems about lines, angles, and triangles

What Does This Mean For Teaching & Learning In My Building?

* Consider the content! Some is long-term review!

* 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

* Ensure that students practice solving multi-step problems.

* 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!