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Topic: Integrated Algebra June 2013 REGENTS
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Roberta M. Eisenberg

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Re: Integrated Algebra June 2013 REGENTS
Posted: Jun 15, 2013 9:35 AM
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Once again, Eleanor, you have written a piece that scratches at the scab of the wound. It is full of bon mots, but my favorite is "... the domain changes to the imaginary realm at strange and unfathomable interludes."


On Jun 15, 2013, at 7:59 AM, Eleanor Pupko wrote:

> I agree that we will not get a "what's in it" list but I disagree about your comment that we don't need one. Just try taking the June 2013 Alg2/Trig exam - that course has a "what is in it" list but contained an inordinate number of unpleasant surprises.
> Who could possible guess that the interquartile range exists, much less that it matters? If I were a new teacher just starting with the common core, that would be the last thing in the world I would waste my time on. Yet it has become a new favorite topic to test.
> Are we studying real-valued functions or complex-valued functions? In Math B it clearly stated that we study real-valued ones. That convention appeared to apply to Alg2/Trig until surprise surprise, this year students are supposed to guess that the domain changes to the imaginary realm at strange and unfathomable interludes.
> Without guidance, teachers will BROADEN the amount of material covered for fear of being caught out by obscure artifacts and found deficient.
> Everyone advises us to "change our delivery" but there has to be agreement on what we are delivering. Mathematics is a huge field. You and I could both run awesome courses and teach kids how to think, but never cover the same material. My sense is that no one has a clue what is "in" the common core but they can't admit it.
> Eleanor Pupko
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> common core is NOT NOT NOT about "what's in!"
> There is a curriculum map and there are the PARCC frameworks and the common core standards. There will be modules by the end of the summer (I know that's awhile off, but try being a k-8 teacher who did common core already this year without any modules and with a test-we really can't complain)
> To prepare for next year, we should NOT be waiting for a "what's in" list - I seriously doubt there will be one and we should not be focused on creating one - we should be figuring out HOW we are going to change our delivery so that students have to the opportunity to think about mathematics every single day - think and reason - not memorize 'steps'.
> There is a test map-type document on engageny that was handed out to NTI members that does show differences between some integrated algebra questions and sample common core test questions. There is also the module overview for module 1 for algebra. Both of these were posted previously on this list serve in the past month. Both are very important summer reading for every single math teacher in the state (including those who won't be teaching algebra next year-you need to see where they've been!) Reading the grades 6-8 standards would also be a crucial thing to do if you have not already done so.
> Liz
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> I agree with almost all of the statements above. This exam did not represent the
> curriculum well. The students (and teachers) have every right to feel frustrated
> when we spend a large amount of time on IMPORTANT topics, and they don't end up
> on the test! Where is the graphing? Where is the system of linear equations?
> Consecutive integer problem?
> Will the Common Core make this better for next year? We still need a "what's
> in?" list for next year. Any input?
> Thanks!
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