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Topic: NYSED Clarifications
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Vivian Fischer

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From: Tully, NY
Registered: 1/10/14
Re: NYSED Clarifications
Posted: Jun 18, 2014 8:03 AM
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I would still teach Pythagorean Theorem. It is a post test 8th grade topic.
Which means it is fair game on the regents.

On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 6:45 AM, Westendorf, Neal <> wrote:

> Pythagorean Theorem is now an important part of the eighth grade
> curriculum. We develop the concept and apply it to real world as well as
> mathematical situations. We look at the converse as well. This year we
> did not apply it to three dimensions but that is an optional topic. It
> shows up in several modules.
> There is so much in the new modules and it is an educated guess as to what
> is truly important. Our decisions as educators will be better informed
> once we have a few exams to refer to. The frustrating part right now is
> that we have such wordy, nebulous descriptions that cover a wide range of
> mathematics. The clarifications we receive from SED are often contradictory
> and then one gets to the exam corrections and finds that the anchor papers
> and the rubric don't always agree. Nor do they allow for flexibility in
> interpreting what the student has written. I am reminded of Jaime
> Escalante: You're like a blind man, in a dark room, looking for a black cat
> that isn't there! We have to do our best to find our way through this
> together. Our kids are counting on us.
> Neal
> ________________________________
> From: [] on
> behalf of Wendy Hadley []
> Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:34 PM
> To:;
> Subject: Re: NYSED Clarifications
> I would love clarification on exactly what is in this curriculum. We
> taught many topics that did not seem to be on this test and that we were
> TOLD would be important......residuals, sum and difference of cube roots
> come to mind. Also, Trig is out but is Pythagorean Theorem still in?
> Algebraic Fractions are out but what about equations with Fractional
> Coefficients and variables in the denominator? Anyone know??
> On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:24 PM, Cindy Nguyen <
>> wrote:
> After seeing the CC Algebra Test yesterday, I am not sure I should have
> spent time teaching the material in the NYSED 8 clarifications, such as
> complex roots, residuals, levels of precision, etc. I did not see any of
> those topics on the test. Maybe I missed a notification?
> Cindy Nguyen
> Math 7 and Algebra Teacher
> Orville A. Todd Middle School
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Ms. Vivian Fischer
7-12 Mathematics Teacher
Tully Jr./Sr. High School
20 State Street
Tully, NY 13159

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