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Mathematics

Mathematics at the Elementary Level

Elementary teachers have fully made the transition to the Common Core Learning Standards at each grade level, K-6. The Go Math! series, and the technological resources available help support the implementation of the eight Standards of Mathematical Practice. Additionally, families have access to the ThinkCentral website, which includes electronic copies of the student book and assignments as well as instructional videos. Parents who are not certain how to access this website should contact their child’s teacher. The multitude of resources assist with differentiation and student engagement, leading to deeper understanding and greater levels of mastery.

In grade 5, the district offers Enriched Math for students who show a high degree of proficiency in mathematics. Identified in grade 4 through a combination of teacher recommendation, grades, performance on the New York State math assessment and performance on the Test of Mathematical Giftedness, students in Enriched Math will receive 30 minutes of supplemental mathematics instruction on alternating days provided by the building math specialist. Students in grade 6 will continue with the Alternate Math program for the 2015-2016 school year.

Mathematics at the Junior High School Level

Math 7

Seventh grade math is designed to prepare students to successfully complete Math 7, the NYS math assessment at the end of grade eight and for the NYS Regents high school math program. Topics covered in regular math include techniques in problem solving, operations with rational numbers, operations with integers, number theory, probability and statistics, computer awareness, algebra, geometry and measurement, and transformations. Most students who are enrolled in Math 7 will be on course to complete the NYS Test A Regents exam at the end of ninth grade.

Math 7E

The 7E mathematics program is designed for those students who demonstrate excellence in elementary mathematics. Students who successfully complete 7E Math are typically recommended to enter our accelerated math course (Math 9R) in grade eight. Topics from both seventh and eighth grade regular math programs are covered along with techniques in problem solving, probability and statistics, algebra, coordinate geometry, graphing equations and inequalities, trigonometry of the right angle, computer awareness, geometry and measurement and set theory. These students will be prepared to complete the NYS math assessment and the Test A Regents exam at the end of the eighth grade. It is expected that students entering math 7E will complete a five-year high school mathematics sequence by graduation. In order to be considered for participation in the 7E program, students should have maintained an A average in grade six mathematics and achieved at least the 70th local percentile on the IOWA Test of Basic Skills Math subtests and Cognitive Abilities Test in sixth grade. Teacher recommendations, student motivation and parent input will also be considered in making recommendations for placement.

Fundamental Math 7

Fundamental Math 7 is an Academic Intervention Service (AIS) for seventh graders who need extra assistance in mathematics. These classes are for students who scored at Level I or II on the 6th grade NYS math assessment or who were recommended for inclusion by their 6th grade math teacher. Students enrolled in Fundamental Math 7 meet every other day with their regular math teacher for 20 minutes in lieu of silent reading.

Math 8

Eighth grade math is appropriate for those students who plan on pursuing a Regents math sequence beginning in grade nine. Successful completion of this course prepares a student for entrance into Math 9R and the Regents mathematics program. Students will be on course to complete Test A at the end of ninth or tenth grade. Topics in regular math are covered along with techniques in problem solving, probability and statistics, algebra and coordinate geometry, computer awareness, transformational geometry and measurement, set theory, operations with integers, coordinate geometry. Students will be prepared to successfully complete the NYS eighth grade math assessment at the end of eighth grade.

Math 9R (Accelerated Math 8)

This is the same Math 9R as is offered in ninth grade. It is available to eighth grade students who demonstrate a strong ability and interest in mathematics and who plan on pursuing a five-year mathematics sequence. It is also a prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science at the Honors level. While much of this course is developed around elementary algebra and geometry, topics such as logic, probability and statistics, transformational geometry, and trigonometric functions are also introduced. The final exam for this course in the Test A Regents exam; students will also be required to complete the NYS eighth grade math assessment. Students successfully completing the course will receive one high school Regents credit. Please note that since this course earns a high school credit, the attendance policy in effect at the high school applies to this course as well. In effect, a student may be denied course credit based on poor attendance. Refer to the junior high student handbook for an explanation of the policy.
Students will be evaluated at the end of the school year and recommended to pursue either the Regents or Honors math program in ninth grade based upon the quality of completed work. In general, a student is expected to meet all four of the following criteria to be placed in this advanced class:

  • The student must have demonstrated high ability in the seventh grade math program.
  • The student is expected to maintain a minimum average achievement grade of B in seventh grade math. (i.e. A, B for the first two quarter marks would equal a B+).
  • The student is expected to achieve at least the 60th percentile locally on grade 7 ITBS math tests.
  • The student should be recommended by his/her present math teacher for placement into the program.

Fundamental Math 8

Fundamental Math 8 is an Academic Intervention Service (AIS) for eighth graders who need extra assistance in mathematics. This program is for students who scored at Level I or II on the 7th grade NYS math assessment or were recommended for inclusion by their 7th grade math teacher. Students enrolled in Fundamental Math 8 meet every other day for 20 minutes in lieu of silent reading.

Mathematics at the High School Level

The Math Department at Shaker High School offers a variety of programs and sequences aimed to challenge students’ within their capabilities. We strive to build a strong mathematical foundation for students so they are well prepared for the workplace, for college, or for any future path they may pursue. Teachers work closely with all students to build good math communication skills, to foster sound reasoning and problem solving strategies, and to build confidence in math. For high school math, the Regents are Common Core Algebra, Common Core Geometry, and Algebra II and Trigonometry. Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are available to support students who experience difficulty in meeting graduation requirements.