in Ken-Ton Middle Schools
What does it mean to be in
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
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.
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
“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
(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
• Think like a mathematician!