Algebra Task Force | Initiative Purpose: The Virginia Department of Education has set a goal of having 45% of middle school students completing Algebra I by the end of eighth grade. The Task Force was formed to examine our current mathematics program to determine if we are prepared to meet this goal. Initiative Description: The task force is made up of teachers, principals, specialists and directors from all levels. They examined national research on the importance of algebra in ensuring student success in higher levels of mathematics. The group is now broken into several task forces:
The task force will make recommendations to the school board concerning how we should proceed to meet the goal. Middle schools have begun looking at their Algebra I enrollment to determine their current state in relation to the goal. They have also begun instituting summer “Algebra Jump” programs to give students more math experience and encourage them to take Algebra I in middle school. Elementary schools can begin looking at how students progress through mathematics in their schools, particularly in terms of expectations for performance in higher-level mathematics at the middle school level. The algebra task force report, when complete, will be posted on this website for review. Timeline for the Initiative:
Algebra Task Force Action Plan- June 2008 Modeling Middle School Mathematics |
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