Over the past two years, CUSD has been implementing Common Core Math Standards in grades 7-12. The common core junior high classes being offered are Math A, Math B, and Math C. At the high schools, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 are being replaced by Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, and Integrated Math 3. Integrated Math 1, 2 and 3 primarily include the same standards as Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, although some of the main ideas are covered in a different order. Related topics are now clustered together so that concepts can be learned in context with more application-based problem solving.
The math pathways may look a bit different, but the end result is very similar to what has been offered in the past, including the opportunity to take AP math classes. Content in the junior high math classes no longer contains repetition of previous grade levels so an entire math course can no longer be skipped if a student wants to begin accelerating. One option that is recommended in the CA Math Framework is to “compact” math classes together, which means covering more content in a shorter amount of time rather than skipping important material. CUSD math teachers have had monthly meetings and release days to address this issue and will be submitting junior and senior high acceleration options to the school board for approval on January 21 and February 4. More detailed information will be provided by CUSD once the courses are approved.
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