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Enterprise City Schools Our vision is to prepare student graduates to be successful in realizing their personal, educational,  and professional ambitions. Agenda: ARMT+ New Alabama High School Diploma Honors or Pre-AP Courses Math Pathways to Graduation End of Course Exams.

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Enterprise City Schools

Our vision is to prepare student graduates to be successful in realizing their personal, educational, and professional ambitions.


  • Agenda:

  • ARMT+

  • New Alabama High School Diploma

  • Honors or Pre-AP Courses

  • Math Pathways to Graduation

  • End of Course Exams


What is different about the ARMT+?

The RIGOR has been increased for most test items and some rubrics have changed in addition to the way some questions are asked have changed.

The NEW item specs for ARMT+ are now available for download on the Alabama State Department Website.


  • Item Format for ARMT + READING

  • Passages may be 1-2 pages in length.

  • All multiple choice questions have four choices.

  • All open-ended response questions have consistent wording.


Two item types are included on the Reading ARMT +.

Multiple-choice and open-ended items assess

student performance on the ARMT + in reading.

Multiple-choice items carry a point value

of one, while open-ended items carry a point value of three.


Literary/recreational reading materials are generally read for pleasure, such as magazine

articles, poetry, novels, and short stories.

Informational/textual reading materials are generally read for information, such as materials

containing charts or graphs and materials found in encyclopedias, textbooks, lab manuals,

essays, and news magazines.

Functional reading materials are generally read for a precise action, such as directions, maps,

schedules, menus, catalogues, instructions, and other materials generally encountered in

everyday life beyond the classroom.


  • Students need to be taught to be mathematical thinkers who feel confident to attack different problems that cover different topics on all standards

  • Even though a large portion of the ARMT+ consists of multiple-choice items, drilling skills and relying on ARMT+ coach books is not the answer.

  • - Teaching a more rigorous math curriculum is a step towards the answer.


7th Grade and 8th Grade

ARMT: What is the probability of the

spinner landing on a 3?

ARMT+: What is one way the numbers on the spinner above could be changed making the probability of stopping on a 6 on the first spin and a 3 on the second spin 1/8?


  • 8th Grade

  • ARMT+: Square saltine crackers come packaged in rectangular prisms. The length of one side of a cracker is 1.5 inches. The height of the package is 10 inches.

  • What is the volume of the package?

  • B. What is the surface area of the package?

  • C. The dimensions of the package were changed. The volume of the new package is the same but the side of the cracker was changed to 1 inch. What must be the new height of the package?


Sample Question

Four members of the Johnson family took a trip from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, a distance of 221 miles. It took them 4 hours and 15 minutes to make the trip. The car required 13 gallons of gasoline at $1.25 per gallon. The turnpike toll was $6.50, and they spent $12.84 for food. What was the average cost per mile based on the total expenses of gas, food and tolls for this trip?


Explanation Tips

Encourage students to EXPLAIN their work - not DESCRIBE it

•Description:

“I multiplied $1.25 and 13 and got $16.25”

•Explanation

“I multiplied the price of gas per gallon and the number of gallons to get the price for the gas used.”


  • The Explanation

  • I multiplied the price of gas and the number of gallons TO GET the total cost of gas.

  • 2) I added the cost of gas, food and tolls together TO FIND the total cost of the trip.

  • 3) I divided the total cost of the trip by the number of miles and I FOUND the cost per mile.

  • 4) SINCE I had many decimal places, I rounded to the hundredth BECAUSE the answer was in terms of money.

  • My answer is 16 cents per mile.


Three item types are included in the Math ARMT +.

Multiple-choice, gridded, and open-ended items assess student performance on the ARMT + in mathematics.

Multiple-choice items and gridded items carry a point value of 1, while open-ended items carry a point value of 3.

ARMT+ Practice:

http://www.ixl.com/math/standards/alabama/grade-8


The ARMT+ Scoring

•To earn all 3 points, students need to show each step of their work in complete detail, or explain HOW they got their answers (all steps). Even/especially if the work was done in the student’s head or calculator.

•They can earn at least 1 point by showing a correct step toward solving the problem or by giving the answer only.


Item Specifications

How to locate:

www.alsde.edu

-Sections

-Assessment and Accountability

-Publications

-ARMT Resources

-Item Specifications


  • Enterprise City Schools

  • Students MUST graduate from high school READY for the demands of postsecondary education

  • ACT defines college readiness as the level of achievement a student needs to be ready to enroll and succeed – without remediation – in credit-bearing first-year postsecondary courses.


  • Honors or Pre AP Courses

  • Teacher Recommendation from previous year

  • ARMT+ Scores at grade level or above

  • EXPLORE score AT or ABOVE college readiness level for that subject area

  • **Keep in mind that the coursework is now becoming increasingly more rigorous in order to meet the demands of preparing our students for College & Future Careers**


Pre -AP Questions & Answers

Why Pre-AP?

To ensure that every middle and high school student develops the skills, habits of mind, and concepts they need to succeed in college. Students taking Pre AP courses are expected to take AP courses in the same content area.

Who Should take Pre-AP Courses

Students with a strong work ethic who have demonstrated average ability in the given subject and who desire to attempt college-level courses BEFORE graduating from high school. Once enrolled, a student would be expected to remain in that class until the end of the school year due to differing curriculum units.


High School Pathways for Students Who complete Algebra I in Grade 8

GeometryGeometry

Algebra II w/ TrigonometryAlgebraic Connections

PrecalculusAlgebra II w/ Trigonometry

AP Math CoursePrecalculus


High School Pathways for Students who complete

Algebra I in Grade 9

Algebra IAlgebra IAlgebra I

GeometryGeometryGeometry

Algebra II w/ TrigAlg. Connections Alg. Connections

PrecalculusAlg II w/ TrigAlgebra II

Algebra IAAlgebra IA

Algebra IBAlgebra IB

GeometryGeometry

Alg II w/ TrigAlg II w/ Trig


  • End of Course Exams – Algebra I

  • When? May 13-15

  • Passing Score?This year there is NO MINIMUM PASSING SCORE


  • Questions


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