ERUSD's MATH MOVEMENT
On May 20, 2014, the Governing board adopted a new and exciting curriculum change in the area of mathematics that will positively affect all students in the district and prepare our students for the 21st century. This policy will change the way that mathematics is taught by introducing an Integrated Math pathway.
Traditionally, students have been placed in courses that covered one specific area of mathematics such as algebra, geometry, etc. The new pathway in the el Rancho Unified District aligns with the integrated math pathway option in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the newly approved California department of Education Math Framework.
Common Core Mathematics
CCCS mathematics are built on the foundation of Focus, Coherence and Rigor where students will balance conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and application. As mentioned, the goal of CCSS is to prepare College and Career Ready high school graduates. There are Common Core Math Content Standards defined for each grade level from Kindergarten through 8th grade, in addition to a set of high school content standards. These standards are the “what” of mathematics, such as number, algebra, geometry, functions, statistics & probability. Additionally, there are Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices. These eight practices are the same from K through grade 12. These standards are the “doing” of mathematics.
The new courses will take key concepts that students learn in math and organize them into coherent and rigorous courses that better prepare students for college and career post-graduation. These courses will offer students a greater opportunity for innovation and the ability to apply their learning to real-world problems.
The Integrated Math courses will begin in the Fall of 2014. The math course sequence will change for the middle school students to reflect the Common Core State Standards for Math. This requires students complete Common Core Math 6, 7, and 8., instead of enrolling in pre-algebra and algebra courses. Common Core Math 8 is a new course that contains the first half of the Algebra I course many people are familiar with, some geometry, statistics, and more. Acceleration opportunities will continue to be available after completion of grade six, so as to ensure that those students who are ready can advance to AP Calculus their senior year in high school. In addition, a summer bridge program will be available to 8th grade students entering ERHS to support their success in this transition.
To prepare for these changes, ERUSD has adopted a “phase-in” course sequence which can be viewed below. This transition will take time for students, parents, and teachers to adapt to.
In addition, ERUSD will offer continuous professional development and aligned instructional materials for teachers to make the transition a seamless one. This current school year, teachers have already begun to emphasize in their instruction the new shifts in mathematics.
Parent workshops are also being planned for the upcoming Fall season to better support parents in this transition. We appreciate your continued support of the El Rancho Unified School District and look forward to your continued partnership in student success.
For more information regarding the California Mathematics Framework, please click here.