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Topic: options for third math credit
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Dina Kushnir

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options for third math credit
Posted: Oct 23, 2008 1:40 PM
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I am interested in hearing from other schools about options for low achievers to earn their 3 math credits.

At my school, we offer a two-year Algebra 1 course, followed by a non-regents Geometry which we call Topics in Geometry. Our Topics in Geometry class covers most of the standards in the regents course, but the proofs are pretty basic (e.g. - simple congruent triangle proofs, with perhaps some congruent corresponding parts).

I spoke with John Svendsen at NYSED about offering an alternative to Geomtery as a third credit. He said a financial math course was fine as long as it moved students forward in the standards. (In other words, no "double dipping". You cannot go back and repeat topics taught in prior years and call that a third credit.) He also indicated that a technology course could be used as a math OR science credit as long as the technology course included "enough" math and/or science to qualify. The word "enough" is not really defined, and Mr. Svendsen said it was up to local school boards to approve these courses for credit, not SED.

My question: Does anyone offer a math course other than Geometry that could qualify for a third math credit? If so, what is it? Is there a written course outline or syllabus you could send me? Feel free to reply off the listserv at

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Dina Kushnir
Mathematics Dept.
Fayetteville-Manlius HS

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