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Westendorf, Neal

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RE: urgent question that needs a response
Posted: Jan 31, 2011 2:58 PM
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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.


Taconic Hills

[] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 2:37 PM
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!!!



James Fish

Mathematics Department
JFK High School
305 Cayuga Creek Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
(716)897-7800 ext. 1144

"Mathematics is a key that allows the mind to unlock many doors to the

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