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									Math I/Accelerated Math I Questions and Answers
1. What prompted the change in the Georgia Math Curriculum? As part of the shift from the Quality Core Curriculum (QCCs) to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), the state convened an expert panel of mathematicians, math educators, business people, community members and educators to redesign all math curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade. During this time, they reviewed standardized test scores and analyzed how students in Georgia fare in comparison to students from across the U.S. and around the world. They looked at how organizations, like the Fordham Foundation, rated the Georgia curriculum and noted that audits of the state math standards found the QCC’s in mathematics to be repetitive, low-level, imprecise and unconnected to success on college readiness exams (SAT/ACT) and higherlevel coursework. The expert panel chose to use more rigorous performance standards written in terms where students not only have to “do” math, but must “apply” it to real world scenarios from a very early age. They also chose to integrate various topics so that students understand the connection among geometry, numbers and operations, algebra. This led the Georgia to create new high school courses that blend algebra, geometry and statistics. You can find the new Georgia Performance Standards for mathematics and the performance tasks at www.georgiastandards.org. Click on MATHEMATICS and then click on Math Frameworks to find the tasks and units. 2. How is the new curriculum being taught? The basis of the high school curriculum is the Georgia math performance tasks. These are real-life problems that ask the students to apply mathematics concepts. Classroom teachers are doing a variety of things to help the students master the concepts, the skills, and the tasks. One method is direct instruction, where the teacher uses the interactive white board or other means to demonstrate/model for the students how to solve the problems. Another method is facilitated group work, where the teacher assigns a group of students a problem and they work collaboratively to solve the problem. When students have questions, the teacher is right there to assist by reviewing necessary skills and/or concepts to help them be successful. 3. Is there a textbook? Yes. The district adopted Carnegie Learning’s Georgia Mathematics I and II to use with Math I, Accelerated Math I, and Math II. There were only two books designed for Georgia and the teacher committee chose the Carnegie learning resources because it was the best match for the new standards. Although the textbook was written for Georgia, the math performance tasks are not included in

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the new text as they are part of the curriculum published by the Georgia Department of Education. Teachers are working to balance the textbook and the tasks to ensure students have the support they need. 4. What are the student expectations? Leaders and teachers in Forsyth County Schools have been preparing for this new curriculum for well over a year. It has been anticipated that students and teachers across the state of Georgia would be challenged with the implementation of the new math curriculum. In order to best prepare, FCS teachers have been engaged in professional learning and collaborative lesson design. Teachers are working tasks together and determining how tasks can be broken down into necessary skills that students need to know and be able to do. There is a balanced approach between the tasks students must complete and ensuring students acquire the skills and concepts to be successful. FCS leaders and teachers recognize the pace and rigor of the course is challenging and will be monitoring implementation closely to inform any adjustments that need to be made. 5. How will you know if this is going well? FCS is committed to monitoring the implementation of the new curriculum through several different methods. Following the first six weeks of instruction students and teachers were asked to provide feedback on the curriculum the pacing, learning resources, homework, and where they may need additional support. This data helps to define the on-going professional learning conversations that are taking place among middle and high school teachers and allows us to adjust instruction as needed. In addition to having on-going conversations about student performance, a 12-week and 24-week district wide benchmark assessment has been developed to help gauge the progress of students on the concepts in math. These assessments will not count as a grade, but will tell the teacher exactly how well the students are doing and what has to happen next to improve student understanding. 6. Are all school systems in Georgia teaching the new math curriculum? The new math curriculum is Georgia’s curriculum. Therefore, the End-ofCourse-Test (EOCT) that is required for Math I has been designed to reflect the new standards. Additionally, the Georgia High School Graduation Test that the 2008-2009 freshmen will be administered will be redesigned to reflect these new standards as well. While some systems have chosen to use different course names or adopt different textbooks, one thing is certain – all students in Georgia will be held to these new standards. With this being the first year that the Math I/Accelerated Math I courses have been taught in Georgia, the standards cannot be compared to other math programs or textbooks that may have been implemented. FCS is committed to high levels of student performance. Therefore, the choice not to teach the state curriculum would place our students at a disadvantage. Our leaders and teachers have outlined a proactive plan for monitoring the curriculum implementation and will go to great lengths to support our teaching professionals and students.

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7. Where can I go to get more information? Recognizing our parents are partners in any academic endeavor, we have compiled many different resources for your information as well as those that can assist you in supporting your student this year. A. FCS has designed a Math Parent Page to provide an overview of the new Georgia math standards and links to support materials. Go to www.forsyth.k12.ga.us > District Departments > Academics & Accountability > Curriculum and Instruction > Mathematics B. You can find the math standards and the state math tasks at www.georgiastandards.org. Click on MATHEMATICS and then click on Math Frameworks to find the tasks and units. C. You can find Parent Information Letters from Georgia Tech at http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/CSI/homepg.html. D. You can find the Carnegie Math Textbook online at www.carnegielearning.com. Find the Georgia resources. All students have access through their classroom teacher. E. You can find more information from the Georgia Department of Education at http://www.gadoe.org/math.aspx. This site includes a special section for parents, links to the online assessment system, and videos of standardsbased middle school and high school classrooms. This site also links to national research on the teaching and learning of mathematics, including the National Math Panel report. F. You can enroll your child in a Georgia Virtual School Help course at http://www.gavirtualschool.org/Home/OtherInitiatives/tabid/169/Default.a spx. There is a course for 8th grade remediation for our students who skipped 8th grade math and there is online help to support Math I and an online course for students who just moved into Georgia and are entering Math I not having had the middle school curriculum.

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