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Title: CMP and 8th Grade Algebra Credit Promising Practices in Denver Public Schools


1
CMP and 8th Grade Algebra CreditPromising
Practices in Denver Public Schools
  • Cathy Martin, Director of Mathematics
  • Jodi Holzman, Mathematics Coordinator

2
Overview
  • Evolution of Connected Mathematics as 8th Grade
    Algebra
  • Tools to Support Algebra Instruction
  • District-wide Processes for Determining and
    Recording Algebra Credit in 8th Grade
  • Lessons Learned/Next Steps

3
Evolution of Algebra in 8th Grade
  • Algebra in 8th grade before Connected Mathematics
  • District-wide implementation of Connected
    Mathematics (middle school) and Cognitive Tutor
    Algebra or Interactive Mathematics as 9th grade
    algebra

4
Tools to Support Algebra Instruction
  • Status of Class (Big Ideas) for Cognitive Tutor
    AlgebraSpring 2004
  • Algebra Skills and Procedures in Connected
    MathematicsSpring 2004
  • Status of Class (Big Ideas) for Connected
    Mathematics (7th and 8th)Summer 2004
  • Pacing and Planning Guide for Connected
    Mathematics (8th)Summer 2004

5
Tools to Support Algebra Instruction
  • With a table partner, examine
  • Status of the Class documents (Cognitive Tutor
    Algebragreen 7th CMPorchid 8th CMP--blue).
  • How do the Algebra Big Ideas link to those in
    CMP?
  • Algebra Skills and Procedures in CMP (yellow) and
    the Pacing and Planning Guide (8thtan).
  • How do these documents support teachers in
    purposeful Algebra instruction?

6
District-wide Processes for Determining Algebra
Credit in 8th Grade
  • District Algebra test administered in all middle
    schools--the first week of May
  • Quadrant-based Scoring Conferences--second week
    of May
  • Established criteria for determining Algebra
    credit in 8th grade

7
8th Grade Algebra Scoring Conference
  • A total of 41 middle school teachers and 21 high
    school teachers participated in the four
    quadrants across the district.
  • The secondary math specialist from each quadrant
    facilitated the process in each location.

8
Examining the Rubric and Anchor Papers
  • Examine the rubrics (genericwhite and
    specificorange) and anchor papers for Question
    15 to understand how each anchor paper was
    scored.
  • Discuss as table group.

9
Coming to Agreement
  1. Privately, score student paper 1 using the
    rubrics. Record the score.
  2. With your table group, discuss scoring and come
    to agreement on the score the student should
    receive.

10
Scoring Process
  • For student papers 2 and 3
  • Each table member records his/her score on a
    post-it note attached to the paper and folds the
    post-it note to cover score.
  • Place paper in front of another scorer who also
    scores the problem. After scoring, the second
    person checks for agreement.
  • If the two scores are the same, remove the
    post-it note and record the score on the paper.
    If the scores are different, discuss the
    difference and come to agreement record the
    score on the paper.

11
Algebra Credit Decision
  • After scoring the Algebra Test, consider the
    following in making your recommendation regarding
    whether or not to award Algebra credit to the
    student
  • Results of the Algebra Test
  • Mastery of the Algebra Big Ideas
  • Successful completion of all CMP Algebra units

12
District-wide Processes for Recording Algebra
Credit in 8th Grade
  • Following the determination of Algebra credit,
    middle schools enroll students receiving Algebra
    credit in a new course 8th Grade Algebra/CMP.
  • This course code is used to communicate with high
    schools that students have earned Algebra credit
    in 8th grade.

13
Lessons Learned/Next Steps
  • Importance of scoring conference and
    collaboration of middle school and high school
    teachers

14
Comment on Collaboration
  • I was particularly excited about the comments
    that the high school folks made regarding the
    high performance of many students at the middle
    school. This reflects the great effort that our
    middle school teachers are making in favor of our
    students' education. Also, I think that the 8th
    grade folks developed a clear appreciation for
    the high school teachers high expectations in
    algebra.

15
Lessons Learned/Next Steps
  • Importance of ongoing communication with 8th
    grade mathematics teachers regarding Algebra Big
    Ideas
  • Importance of collecting and analyzing data on
    Algebra test results from both 8th and 9th grade
    students
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