
trapezoid clarification
Posted:
May 17, 2014 8:31 AM



At training in Albany this past week, NYSED released a standards clarification document for Geometry that states (among other items) that a trapezoid is now defined with the 'inclusion' definition: a trapezoid has at least one pair of parallel sides. Although this might be a surprise to NYS teachers who have used the exclusive definition, this is a common definition for trapezoid.
Three questions:
1. Is this standards clarification memo posted on engageny anywhere yet? I couldn't find it.
2. How do we treat conflicting definitions next year when we are preparing students for both regents?
3. With the new definition, what is an isosceles trapezoid? I think we need clarification on this.
a. If I use trapezoid w/ one pair of opposite sides congruent, then a parallelogram is an isosceles trapezoid but its base angles are not congruent.
b. If I use trapezoid w/ one pair of opposite sides congruent and base angles are congruent, then rectangles and squares are isosceles trapezoids, which might be OK.
c. There is an alternative definition that uses one axis of symmetry and one w/ no symmetry to yield the usual depiction of an isosceles trapezoid.
Meg Clemens
Canton Central School

