In order for students to be successful in Algebra One, they must have a deep understanding of all K-8 mathematics standards. In order for students to take Algebra 1 in the 8th grade, students cannot simply skip a grade without absorbing 8th grade standards, and in some cases the 7th grade standards somewhere. This session will be a chance to vertically align standards so that students in 8th grade are ready for Algebra 1 concepts and will continue to be successful throughout high school mathematics. How to vertically align standards to help every student to be successful in Algebra One is a decision left up to each individual school district. This meeting will help facilitate discussion for what schools in our region have planned. Time and guidance will be provided for districts to bring a team of teachers (6th grade through Alg. 2) to work on a vertical alignment plan and criteria for students to take Algebra 1 in the 8th grade.
It is strongly encouraged that a team of teachers attend this session together. The team should consist of teachers from grades 6, 7, and 8, and courses Algebra One, Geometry, and Algebra Two.