We offer a 1 year course for the 'regular' and 'accelerated' students. We also offer a 1.5 year for the weaker students. We find that the 1.5 time frame is not enough for some students though a high percentage pass the exam by the June offering. The 1.5 year course is modeled somewhat after our old Math a, 2 year course for the weaker math students. We are starting to think that perhaps we go one of two alternative routes: 1 All students take it in 1 year knowing that many of the weaker kids will not be successful and have to take it over again. Or 2 Change the second half of the year from beginning Geometry topics to a continuation of ever more advanced Algebra topics.
Both ideas have their plusses and minuses.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of JFish@csufsd.org Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 2:37 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: urgent question that needs a response
Our new Principal has decided that beginning in Sept. 2011, our school will only offer one type of Integrated Algebra Course. In other words, there will be no 1.5 year program or 2 year program for Integrated Algebra. By the way, all SPED students are also expected to take the 1 year program. There are absolutely no exceptions! And...the same thing is being done for Geometry as well.
So my question for you is this: Does your school offer only one level of Integrated Algebra for ALL students in the building? What do you think of this plan?
I'm sorry, but I need responses quickly because we are supposed to run next year's schedules later this week.
Thanks in advance!!!
Mathematics Department JFK High School 305 Cayuga Creek Road Cheektowaga, NY 14227 (716)897-7800 ext. 1144
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