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Title: Accelerated Math in Ken-Ton Middle Schools

Accelerated Math in Ken-Ton Middle Schools
What does it mean to be in accelerated math?
  • Accelerated math students will
  • study the 8th grade NYS curriculum and the
    Integrated Algebra curriculum in one school year.
  • require a strong foundation in algebraic skills
    as this is a rigorous Regents-level course.
  • be required to take the 8th Grade NYS Assessment
    in May as well as the Integrated Algebra regents
    exam in June.

What are the expectations?
  • Due to the rigor of the program, accelerated
    students will be held to higher expectations.
  • Students will need to be committed in order to be
    successful in 8th Grade Integrated Algebra.
    Parental support will be critical.

What are the benefits of accelerated math?
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate
    in more upper level math classes at the HS level.
    (ie, IB or AP math courses)
  • Successful completion of the course provides
    students with 1 high school credit in
    mathematics. Course grade will be a part of the
    students permanent transcript.

Who is a candidate for acceleration?
  • Students who have
  • Achieved a 3 or 4 on the NYS Grade 6 7 math
  • Performed well on the district math readiness
    assessment (administered in the spring of 7th
  • Demonstrated classroom performance that supports
    participation in the program.

Screening Rubric
Why is it important to take advanced math
  • Studying advanced math in high school has an
    enormous influence on whether or not a student
    subsequently enrolls in a four-year college and
    earns a bachelor's degree.

  • A U.S. Department of Education study (Adelman,
    1999) found that taking advanced math in high
    school, beyond Algebra 2, was more strongly
    associated with successful completion of college
    than any other factor, including high school
    grade point average and socioeconomic status.

  • Successful completion of college, in turn,
    correlates strongly with subsequent educational
    and employment opportunities (Murnane Levy,
    1996). In other words, studying advanced math in
    high school strongly correlates with future
  • (Burris, Heubert, Levin, 2004, Improving
    Achievement in Math and Science)

What can you do now?
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
  • Create good study habits.
  • Use your resources and be a problem solver.
  • Practice your basic skills.
  • Transition books
  • Websites
  • Think like a mathematician!
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