8th Grade Algebra I Credit Process
(PISD Math Improvement Initiative)
CMP Honors Algebra I
• This is the only honors course offered in 8th grade.
• Students must meet the district honors requirement (3 out of 5 criteria) to be enrolled.
• This course uses the Algebra I PEIMS number.
• The scope and sequence follows the same curriculum as the CMP Algebra 8 course at an
accelerated pace. In addition, these students will experience ongoing enrichment and
participate in the Math Olympiad competition.
• Students obtaining at least a 70 for each semester will earn Honors Algebra I credit and be
granted honors grade points. Semester grades will be transcripted for high school. This
course will count as the first of four math credits required for graduation.
• The fall semester exam will be a comprehensive assessment of first semester material and
count as 25% of the first semester average. The Algebra I EOC (end-of-course exam) will
be administered in place of a spring semester exam. The score on the EOC will count as
25% of the second semester average.
This weight will be re-evaluated once EOC requirements for these students are
determined by TEA.
CMP Algebra 8
• This course uses the Math 8 PEIMS number.
• The final grade for this class will be recorded as the math 8 grade on the middle school
transcript for all students in this course.
• Students can earn Algebra I credit through a Credit By Exam (CBE) process composed of
five assessments administered throughout the year.
• A student must earn at least a cumulative 70 in the CBE process to earn Algebra I credit.
• For students earning Algebra I credit by the CBE process, the CBE score is reported on
their high school transcripts, however students will not earn grade points.
• This credit will count as the first of four math credits required for graduation. These
students will then be enrolled in geometry in 9th grade.
• Students who do not earn Algebra I credit in 8th grade will still have a good foundation of
algebra concepts and therefore be more successful when taking Algebra I in 9th grade.
The CBE process
Four district assessments (Criteria Over Time – COT) will be administered throughout the
year. Each one will cover a specific subset of Algebra I TEKS as they are taught in the
curriculum (typically these will be the unit tests at the end of each CMP Algebra 8 unit).
The students’ initial scores on each COT will be used for the CBE process. A student
may receive modifications or retesting, however those scores will only be recorded in
students’ math 8 grades and will not be used in the CBE process.
Each COT will be weighted as part of the cumulative CBE score (see chart).
A student must accumulate a minimum of 55 points on the four COTs to be eligible to
take the Algebra I End-of Course exam (EOC).
Those eligible will take the EOC and the grade will count as 15% of the Algebra I CBE
score. The EOC will be the students’ spring semester exam.
The cumulative CBE score must be at least 70 for students to earn Algebra I credit.
Students not qualified to take the EOC will take a district spring semester exam.
Algebra I Credit By Exam (CBE) Process
for determining credit at the end of 8th grade
Criteria Over Algebra I Topics CMP weight
COT 1 2nd sw Linear relationships, function notation, TWMM 25% A minimum of
inverse variation, scatterplots 55 points (total
COT 2 3rd sw Exponential functions GGG 20% from these four
COT 3 4th sw Quadratic functions FFPC 20% tests) is
required to take
COT 4 5th sw Polynomials, solving linear equations, SIWS 20% the EOC.
solving quadratic equations
Algebra I EOC Cumulative Criteria Reference Test 15%
CBE Score 100% Minimum of 70
In January of 2010, a meeting will be held with middle school counselors, principals, and
math department chairs to communicate the plan.
An FAQ document (available in Spanish) and Powerpoint will be created and provided to
counselors and teachers to use in communication to parents and/or students.
Counselors will meet with 7th grade math classes to explain the process to students.
An FAQ document will be sent home with 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students.
The middle school teachers will be given the information during the February PDH session.
All 8th grade teachers will attend a week long summer training the summer of 2010 and will
participate in four pull out days during the 2010-2011 school year.
Other Recommendations and Considerations:
o Teachers should conference with parents and counselors regarding “bubble” students
before deciding to award Algebra I credit and promote students to geometry in 9th grade.
Suggestions for who to consider a bubble student -
Any student who failed one or more of the COT assessments
Any student with a cumulative score between 55 and 65 on the COTs
Any student scoring less than 60% on the EOC
Any student with a CBE score between 70 and 75
o Math 8 students would take the EOC a week or two before semester exam week. It is
suggested that 8th grade MAP would then be administered during exam time. Campuses
would have to provide a schedule to accommodate for the EOC (2 hours in computer lab).
o Mainstream students receiving modifications for math would not receive modifications on
the COT assessments in order to be eligible for Algebra I credit at the end of 8th grade. If
these students earn a failing grade, a modified retest may be administered. The modified
grade would be recorded in the grade book but would not be recorded as the COT score.
o Any future NCAA athletes who earn Algebra I credit through the CBE process will be
advised of the NCAA rules regarding credits and advised not to take Math Models as their
4th math credit.
o Campuses are advised to hold meetings for 7th grade parents in the spring of 2010.
o 8th grade math teachers will track CBE scores throughout the year in either Pinnacle or an
Excel spreadsheet provided by the district.
o Technology and the A&A department will be consulted regarding computer use and testing
windows for both the EOC and MAP.