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Algebra Qualification Process and Criteria

Algebra I Classes

Qualifications for Algebra:

In order to take Algebra I for high school credit, the student must:

• Score a 45 or above on the algebra prognosis test
• Score an 85% or higher on an Algebra I prerequisite skills based test
• Have math skills that have been consistently above grade level as determined by Star Math or other district progress monitoring tests.

• Have mastered basic skills listed below:  (without the use of a calculator)
1. Whole numbers, Decimals, Fractions, and Rational Numbers (add, subtract, multiply, and divide)

Ex:      668          1,345 + 12,997 =              78,000 – 3498 =                     5967 ÷ 27 =

X  74

Ex:   93.26           3. 74 + 27.3 =                   234. 58 – 12. 9 =                    987.5 ÷ 1.5 =

X     4.6

Ex:     3 5/6 + 2/5 =          7 8/9  x 4 =                           76 1/7  - 12 5/14  =                         2 1/2 ÷ 4/5 =

Ex:  -23(-45) =          -134 + 67 =                     -89 – (-564) =                      -970 ÷ 20 =

Ex:-34.5(62.34) =-89+ (-32

• Maintain an 80% average for the year – if the average goes below this at the end of the first or second quarter, then he/she may be removed – parents will be contacted about a better placement.  After the 2nd quarter, all students must remain in the algebra 1 class.

• Kentucky Department of Education’s policy states that all students must have an overall average of 80% or higher at the end of the year in order to receive algebra 1 high school credit.  If the average is lower than 80%, then he/she will have to retake the course.

• 6th/7th grade students taking Algebra I:  If the student does not have an 80% or higher at the end of the school year, then he/she will not automatically be placed in algebra the next year.  We will need to look at why the student struggled and are there prerequisites that the student is missing due to skipping grade levels in math - parent contact will be made.

Parent Information:

All math classes are being taught according to the common core standards, so all students are being exposed to their grade level material, which is rigorous preparation for Algebra I, regardless of whether they are in an advanced math class.  An “A” in a regular math class means that a student is mastering the grade level content, which is what we want to see.  It is not always an indicator that a child needs to be in an advanced math class.  Before making the decision to place your child in advanced math, please make sure he/she has mastered the basic skills.  Research shows that if a child does not have the basic skills, then upper level math courses will be very difficult.

If your child qualifies to take Algebra I in either 7th or 8th grade, please understand that he/she will still be required to take 4 years of math in high school.  For example, if a student takes Algebra I in 7th grade, then this will be his/her math schedule for the next 6 years:

7th – Algebra I

8th – Geometry

9th – Algebra II

10th – some type of advanced math

11th – more advanced math

12th – even more advanced math

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