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2010 - 2011 Mathematics Program 7 th Grade Parent Meeting

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2010 - 2011Mathematics Program 7th Grade Parent Meeting

~ April 13, 2011~

Mr. William RobbinsDr. Christopher Herte

Principal, UMSMathematics/Science Supervisor 5-8

Mr. Dennis Drake II

Assistant Principal, UMS

- Overview of Mathematics Program
- Common Core Standards
- Sequence of courses
- Placement criteria
- Your questions

- Overview
- Resources
- Extra help
- Study Guides/Teacher web pages
- Compass Learning

- Extra-curricular & Math related activities
- Math Competitions

- Aligned with college and work expectations
- Rigorous content and application of knowledge skills
- Built upon the strengths of current state standards
- Evidence and researched-based
- Informed by top-performing countries
- Website:
- http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/mathematics

- American Diploma Project Network
- Raising the value of the HS diploma by
- Raising the rigor of National HS standards
- Assessments & curriculum

- Assessment is taken on May 25th
- (2 parts each 60 minutes/ 1 part without calculator)
- All Students :
- Algebra I Part 2, Algebra I Part 2 H, Algebra I, Algebra I H

- Website: www.nj.gov/education/aps/cccs/math/

A full-year course that develops the first half of the study of high school Algebra I. Students develop skills in problem solving and critical thinking through real-world and mathematical problems.

Course topics include: writing, simplifying, and evaluating algebraic expressions. Modeling, writing, and solving algebraic equations and functions. Graphing and representing linear equations in a variety of forms. Creating, analyzing, and making linear predictions with scatter plots is developed.

- A full-year course that emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking that completes the algebra I content, while developing necessary concepts for the further study of algebra in subsequent high school level courses.
- Course topics include: solving linear equations, linear inequalities, compound inequalities, systems of equations/inequalities, exponential expressions, graph exponential functions, polynomial expressions, factor polynomials, simplify radical expressions, radical equations, solve/graph quadratic equations, probability, permutations/combinations, and data presentation.
- Students take the Algebra I EOC Exam

A rigorous full-year course that emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking that completes the algebra I content, while developing necessary concepts for the further study of algebra in subsequent high school level courses.

Course topics include: solving linear equations, linear inequalities, compound inequalities, systems of equations/inequalities, exponential expressions, graph exponential functions, polynomial expressions, factor polynomials, simplify radical expressions, radical equations, solve/graph quadratic equations, probability, permutations/combinations, and data presentation.

Students take the Algebra I EOC Exam

A challenging course that emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking while developing reasoning and logic. Formal proof is emphasized throughout the course.

Course topics include logic, parallel/perpendicular lines, triangle congruency, relationships within triangles, similarity, right triangles, quadrilaterals, transformations, circles, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume.

Measures of Academic Progress -MAP

- Scheduled for May 23rd –June 1st
- Computerized adaptive test
- Untimed assessment
- Tailored to a student’s current achievement level
- Charts your child’s academic growth from year to year
- The information helps to guide instruction and to make placement decisions

- Unit Test averages (40%) the four marking periods
- End of Year Assessment (25%) placement test
- Measures of Academic Progress-MAP (25%)
- Work Habits/Study Skills (10%) assessed by the teacher using a district-developed rubric
These criteria will make up the final summary scorethat determines the student’s mathematics placement.

Data Summary Sheet

Montgomery Township Schools

Math Placement Data Sheet

Eighth Grade Math Placement (Algebra I Pt. 2/ Pt. 2H) for 2011-2012

July 2011

Student’s Name:

End of Year Assessment = (25% of Summary Score)

MAP Assessment= (25% of Summary Score)

(Out of 285 points)

Algebra I Part 1 Test Average= (40% of Summary Score)

(Test Average of 4 marking periods)

Work Habits/Study Skills Assessment = (10% of Summary Score)

Summary Score= (out of 100 points)

Math Placement=

Placement Cutoffs:

Algebra I Part 2:Summary Scores from 0-89

Algebra I Part 2 Honors:Summary Scores from 90 – 100

If you have any questions regarding your child’s math placement, please call the Montgomery Upper Middle School at (609) 466-7603 to speak with Mr. Robbins, Principal or

Dr. Herte, Mathematics/Science Supervisor 5-8.

The student’s performance summary score and placement will be included in the end of year report card mailing.

Parents and students can consider the waiver option if and only if a student’s summary score is within 3 points of the score needed for the requested placement.

Students waived in must remain in the course the entire year.

Waivers should be sent to the UMS main office no later than July 15, 2011.

There will be no proficiency testing over the summer.

- May 23rd –June 1st–MAP Testing
- June 17th – 22nd- Final Exams (End of Year assessment)
- July – Report card with placement information
- July 15th– Waiver form deadline to UMS main office
- July 28th & August 3rd– New student testing
- Other testing: May 3rd – May 6th NJASK
- May 25th - Algebra I EOC Exam