Taking the Algebra 1 in addition to the required common core is up to each district. I?m sure my district will have students take both. The higher of the two scores counts for the student and the teacher (APPR) so it is win-win.
There are a lot of available practice materials and released exams to prepare for the Algebra 1 and the raw points curve is pretty stable. Not true for the common core. The scores for the common core will not be available until the end of the regents marking period so you can?t decide ahead of time to skip the Algebra 1 based on common core performance. For me, the issue of how raw points will be curved is a major scary unknown.
I can?t see why students and teachers wouldn?t want to take both. I ran this by our special ed department but they felt since the tests were two weeks apart that the extra testing burden wouldn?t be an issue for their students either.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jenni Leaver Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:51 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Preparing for NYS Common Core Algebra 1
Are you saying that in 2014, all 9th grade Algebra students have to take the common core regents AND the regular Algebra 1 regents?
From: Meg Clemens <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:43 AM Subject: Preparing for NYS Common Core Algebra 1
A teacher asked me for advice on how I was preparing to teach NYS Common Core Algebra 1 this fall. I thought this topic would be a good discussion point for the group. Here?s my two cents:
You need to read A Story of Functions, PARCC standards breakout, any PARCC documents that give details, such as assessment breakouts (even though they are not NYS assessments), and details of the difference between Alg 1 and Alg 2. PARCC progression documents won?t tell you what is in Alg 1 but are the best descriptions I have seen what the standards encompass for HS topics. No crosswalk is available from the 2005 standards to the Core. No glossary is available although the modules should include vocabulary. (Will they have definitions? Probably but the actual regents tests are not written by the module writing company so expect conflicts in this area as well as other areas.)
You should also be familiar with PARCC standards for gr 6 ? 8 so you will know previous skills.
Having said all that?I am waiting for the release of the Algebra 1 modules. NYSED has *promised* they will be available by 31 July. An overview of Module 1 is available on engageny.org. It lists lessons and gives sample assessments but remember the modules and the new regents are NOT written by the same company so the sample assessments are not meant to be ?regents-like?. Full modules are expected to include scripted lessons, homework assignments, everything to teach the course.
How to review for both the common core regents by the beginning of June and the regular Algebra 1 regents mid-June: I?m still thinking about this conundrum.