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“I see trouble with algebra ”. The Algebra Crisis in California. Silicon Valley Math Initiative. Who is learning mathematics in America?. The Achievement Gap. National Achievement of Education Progress (NAEP 2009 Math) The Nation’s Report Card . Source: U.S. Department of Education.

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### The Achievement Gaps Continues… tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

### General Math is Not the Answer tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

### Pathways Study tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

National Achievement of Education Progress (NAEP 2009 Math) The Nation’s Report Card

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Approximately 10 scale points is equivalent to a grade level of learning

Approximately 10 scale points is equivalent to a grade level of learning

NY TIMES April 29, 2009Persistent Racial Gap Seen in Students Test Scores By SAM DILLONThe achievement gap between white and minority students has not narrowed in recent years, despite the focus of the No Child Left Behind law on improving black and Hispanic scores, according to results of a federal test considered to be the nation’s best measure of long-term trends in math and reading proficiency.

Approximately 10 scale points is equivalent to a grade level of learning

California has aligned state standards to textbooks, state tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

National Perspective tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

California 49th

In 2009 NAEP, CA Ranked 44th out of 49 participating.

CA was 42nd in 2005.

NAEP 2009 8th grade

Source: U.S. Department of Education tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

National Achievement of Education Progress (NAEP 2009) The Nation’s Report CardCalifornia ranks at the bottom of country, only Mississippi ranks lower in 8th grade mathematics.

On the CST more than half the students test at or above grade level, while on NAEP only 1/3 meet that goal.

Approximately 10 scale points is equivalent to a grade level of learning

Data from star.cde.ca.gov

Students from traditionally underserved demographic population continue to under-achieve over the past 7 years.

Algebra for All or Algebra Forever tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

“We have made significant gains in enrolling students in Algebra I in eighth grade in recent years, surpassing other state in the U.S. But we must set our goal higher.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger July 8, 2008

We have also made more significant gains in FAILING students in Algebra I in eighth grade in recent years, surpassing other state in the U.S.

Proficient tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

Basic

Copyright Tucher

45% of Eighth Graders took the General Math Exam

Only 23% of those students met standards

Tracking is not a Solution

What Happens in High School? tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

7th Grade tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

Pre-algebra

8th Grade

Algebra 1

9th Grade

Algebra 1A

10th Grade

Algebra 1B

11th Grade

Algebra w/

CAHSEE Prep

Unfortunately an all too typical pathway through secondary education

It is not Algebra for ALL its is Algebra FOREVER

Findings from Data tests and state sponsored p.d. More students are taking algebra earlier. How successful is the California experiment?

- Understanding and being successful in mathematics up through 6th grade is the most powerful predictor of success in algebra/college prep math.
- A large percentage of districts are not thoughtful about how students are assigned courses and classes.
- Tracking is detrimental to students.
- Failing Algebra 1/College Prep Math is detrimental to students.
- Multiple years of Algebra 1(two year algebra) is detrimental to students.
- Early access and success in Algebra 1/College Prep Math is most beneficial to students future in math.

Steve Waterman

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