7/21/08

To all,

I got a response from SED in regards to post 8th March performance indicators and being placed on the Integrated Algebra regents. I sent the following back to them quick e mail ... I am concerned about the part that says: "there are foundational mathematics skills and knowledge that students are expected to learn in Grade 8, both pre- and post- March, that are needed for the three Regents Examinations in mathematics".

As always, Grace Wilkie

Dear Ms. Wilkie:

I am responding to your question asking if "Constructions and other post March items be tested on the future Integrated Algebra exam?"

Answer: The questions on the Regents Examination in Integrated Algebra assess both the content and process strands of the Mathematics Learning Standard. Because each question is aligned to a specific content strand, students are assessed on their conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and problem-solving abilities. The Test Specifications outline the percentage of total credits that will be aligned with each content strand and can be found at:
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/new-math.htm. The coverage of the Regents Examination in Integrated Algebra is not being expanded to incorporate topics such as those you mention. However, there are foundational mathematics skills and knowledge that students are expected to learn in Grade 8, both pre- and post- March, that are needed for the three Regents Examinations in mathematics.

Just as a reminder, the Department has established an e-mail address dedicated solely to questions regarding the content and administration of the new mathematics assessments and the transition from Mathematics A and Mathematics B to Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry. Please ask teachers to use the e-mail address emscreminfo@mail.nysed.gov for the quickest response to questions on these topics.

I hope this information answers your question. Sincerely, Candy Shyer

Candace Shyer

Bureau Chief, Test Development

Office of State Assessme nt

518-474-5900

>>> "Wilkie" <gwilkie@highlands.com> 7/6/2008 8:36 PM >>>

John,

I know that the Integrated Algebra Regents is coordinated with the

Performance Indicators.

I heard a rumor that the test is being expanded to incorporate the post

Math 8 topics (ie Constructions). Will Constructions and other post March

items be tested on the futureIntegrated Algebra exam?

If so will the SED be putting out a new directive before September with

all the topics which will be tested and the percentage of points for each

topic?

Concerned that many teachers will not be teaching and/or reviewing the

post March 8th performance items and our kids will be the ones affected.

As always,

Grace A. Wilkie