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Topic: Module 1's are out!
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Darrin Paschke

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From: Fredonia High School
Registered: 7/29/05
Re: RE: Module 1's are out!
Posted: Jul 11, 2013 2:39 PM
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Hi Cindy-
We just finished our own sequence based on the PARCC framework. After a few short hours discussing the released module, we are leaning toward the following:
1)teaching Algebra 1 in an order that makes sense to us
2)using some of the resources in the modules but not adhering to the suggested problems and scripted time allotments
3)teaching lessons that build to the level of understanding that the modules suggest all students entering ninth grade will have already mastered.
4)selecting a text with appropriate content and style to prepare students for this curriculum (but we will follow our own order)
5)including time to address homework questions
6)including review of past concepts in each homework assignment

Looking at students' test scores on the current Algebra exam where they need only 30 out of 87 to pass, makes me wonder about what will be needed to pass this exam?! What is it that we are hoping to achieve? I dare say that none of us would thumb our collective nose at high standards and rigorous curriculum. As a state, we need appropriate time to prepare our students, we need developmentally appropriate curriculum, and we have to be honest that while many students are passing the current algebra regents exam, we have a fair number of students who are not algebraically competent to continue in mathematics -even though the state has blessed them with a passing regents exam score.
Lastly, if NY does end up adopting the PARCC exams, we may have to switch our order back to match the prefabricated modules so that our students learn the appropriate material in time for PARCC exams. I am still not sure if quarterly and/or midyear exams are part of the PARCC assessments...


Darrin Paschke
Fredonia High School



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