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High School Mathematics

High school mathSeattle’s high school mathematics students prepare for college, careers, and life by completing at least three core courses, with four years of mathematics being highly recommended. New state graduation requirements mean that students will complete at least three years of mathematics in high school, including at least:
Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II or its equivalent or IB Mathematics.

PreCalculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, and/or IB Mathematics provide additional preparation for college and careers, and provide an important transition from high school to college-level mathematics. 

• Algebra I State Standards (Performance Expectations)
• Geometry State Standards (Performance Expectations)
• Algebra II State Standards (Performance Expectations)
• Paragraph Summaries of Standards for High School Mathematics (includes PreCalculus)

Our high school mathematics program, guided by Washington State standards approved in July of 2008, provides a balance of:
• Conceptual Understanding
• Procedural Proficiency
• Problem-solving and Processes

High School Mathematics End of Course Exam


Beginning in the 2010-2011 school year, high school and middle school students enrolled in Algebra I or Geometry will take the state End of Course (EOC) exam for that course, given in June of each year.   Students who have taken Algebra I or Geometry prior to 2010-2011 will take a makeup test in that subject, also given in June.


Mathematics Materials


In 2009, Seattle Public Schools adopted materials published by Key Curriculum Press for Algebra I through PreCalculus, and by Pearson Learning for AP Statistics, as shown below.  Each student will receive a hardback textbook for use at home and in school.  The books include detailed examples, a glossary and index, and selected answers and hints.

Each student will also receive a code from his/her teacher to access the entire textbook online.  The online text has interactive features which enable students to link from pages in the book to practice problems, dynamic explorations, and calculator notes.

Click on the textbook links below for family resources available online, or go to http://math.kendallhunt.com/ and click on the book cover for each course.  Online resources include:
• A Guide for Parents (in English and Spanish)—A brief summary of each chapter, includes tips for working with students, chapter summary exercises and review exercises with complete solutions.
• Condensed Lessons (in English and Spanish)—A detailed explanation of each lesson. These can provide extra help for students who have fallen behind or missed class, as well as support for adults who want to understand the details of the mathematics.
• More Practice Your Skills—a set of additional exercises for each lesson in the book for students who want extra practice.
• Calculator Notes, Programs and Data—helpful information, programs and tips for using calculators for specific activities.
• Dynamic Explorations—Structured investigations available online so students and their families can explore mathematics concepts at home

Course
Text
Algebra I
Geometry
Geometry, 4th Edition (Kendall Hunt)
Algebra II
PreCalculus
AP Calculus AB
Calculus, 1st Ed. (Kendall Hunt)
AP Statistics
Stats: Modeling the World (Pearson Learning)
AB Calculus BC
Calculus, 1st Ed.  (Kendall Hunt)

Supporting Mathematics Learning at Home


Families can support learning at home by:  

• Using the suggestions and activities in the Family Toolkit. Just as students should read at home every day, they should also practice mathematics at home every day.
• Developing the attributes of a math learner by using Questioning to Learn strategies.
• Promoting effective use of homework time by using Helping Your Child with Homework Brochure and the resources below.

Online Resources


• Family Literacy and Math Toolkits
• Conceptual Understanding
     o Library of Virtual Manipulatives 
     o Create a Graph 
• Problem Solving
     o Figure This (Mathematics challenges for families)
     o UW Math 120 Materials (PreCalculus)
• Homework Help
    o Ask Dr. Math
    o The Math Forum
    o Online Graphing Calculator
    o Purplemath
•  College Placement Information 
    o UW Math Placement Test
    o UW Math Placement Sample Problems
    o COMPASS Test  (for Community College)
    o COMPASS Sample Problems


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