Binghamton City Schools did this for several years. Liz Waite actually taught courses under this schedule. She would be a good one to ask. They have stopped doing this several years ago. I do know that one problem occured when a student had algebra 1 first semester freshman year and did not have geometry until second semester sophomore year--way too much time between math courses.
It has lots of advantages and disadvantages.
Iva Jean Tennant President of Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS Past President of AMTST People to People Student Ambassador Delegation Leader
-----Original Message----- From: William Wickes <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: nyshsmath <email@example.com> Sent: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 4:12 pm Subject: RE: Dear Teacher, Johnny Isn't Sick. He's Just Boycotting the Test. - NYTimes.com
Could you or anyone tell me if you have ever heard of offering Int algebra, geometry or alg 2 trig, in a 75 minute block schedule for half of the year?.opinions are welcome?we are doing it and it is frightening to think that I must cover all of the curriculum in half the year?.thx BW
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Evan Romer Sent: Monday, October 15, 2012 6:22 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Dear Teacher, Johnny Isn?t Sick. He?s Just Boycotting the Test. - NYTimes.com
The thought I had on reading this was: how can they give field test questions in the fall? The students haven't been taught the whole curriculum yet, so how can the field test results be valid? A Pythagorean Theorem question may field test as a very hard question simply because the students haven't learned that topic yet.
I suspect that the answer is that they need to have Common Core questions for the April 2013 assessments, and they don't have enough questions field-tested yet, so by God we're going to field test them even though the results won't be valid.
Evan Romer Susquehanna Valley HS Conklin NY
On Oct 14, 2012, at 7:03PM, Roberta M. Eisenberg wrote: