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					     Accelerated Math
in Ken-Ton Middle Schools
    What does it mean to be in
    accelerated math?
   Accelerated math students will:

       study the 8th grade NYS curriculum and the
        Integrated Algebra curriculum in one school

       require a strong foundation in algebraic skills
        as this is a rigorous Regents-level course.

       be required to take the 8th Grade NYS
        Assessment in May as well as the Integrated
        Algebra regents exam in June.
What are the expectations?
   Due to the rigor of the program,
    accelerated students will be held to higher

   Students will need to be committed in
    order to be successful in 8th Grade
    Integrated Algebra. Parental support will
    be critical.
What are the benefits of accelerated
   Students will have the opportunity to participate
    in more upper level math classes at the HS
    level. (ie, IB or AP math courses)

   Successful completion of the course provides
    students with 1 high school credit in
    mathematics. Course grade will be a part of the
    student’s permanent transcript.
Who is a candidate for

Students who have:
   Achieved a 3 or 4 on the NYS Grade 6 & 7 math
   Performed well on the district math readiness
    assessment (administered in the spring of 7 th
   Demonstrated classroom performance that
    supports participation in the program.
Screening Rubric
Why is it important to take
advanced math courses?

“Studying advanced math in high
  school has an enormous
  influence on whether or not a
  student subsequently enrolls in a
  four-year college and earns a
  bachelor's degree.”
“A U.S. Department of Education study
  (Adelman, 1999) found that taking
  advanced math in high school,
  beyond Algebra 2, was more strongly
  associated with successful
  completion of college than any other
  factor, including high school grade
  point average and socioeconomic
“Successful completion of college,
  in turn, correlates strongly with
  subsequent educational and
  employment opportunities
  (Murnane & Levy, 1996). In other
  words, studying advanced math in
  high school strongly correlates
  with future success.”
 (Burris, Heubert, Levin, 2004, “Improving Achievement in Math and
What can you do now?
•   Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
    •   Create good study habits.
    •   Use your resources and be a problem solver.
•   Practice your basic skills.
    •   Transition books
    •   Websites
•   Think like a mathematician!

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