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Topic: Re: Sequence: IA, A2T, Geom?
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Nick B

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Re: Sequence: IA, A2T, Geom?
Posted: Jan 31, 2014 2:43 PM
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The issue is that Common Core Algebra 1 is NOT Algebra 1 as we once knew it. Common Core Algebra 1 is now an Algebraic Modeling class filled with topics that were once considered part of Algebra 2/Trig, Precalculus and even basic AP Statistics. I attached a file with some of the concepts that have moved down to CC Algebra 1 (certainly at the expense of others). This is essentially forcing kids to learn topics from Algebra 2/Trig and Precalculus in ninth grade. Perhaps this approach will work after students in the lower grades have been immersed in Common Core, but this is certainly experimental and does not take into account the fact that some children may not develop the maturity required to model mathematically by ninth grade (or in the case of accelerated students, eighth grade). If you look at the CC Algebra 2/Trig, much of that course is what was traditionally taught in Precalculus. Our district is currently planning a sequence where Geometry/Trig is the third course, but keeping in mind that the courses are not what they once were.

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