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Who Should Really Be Taking Algebra I in Middle School?

Posted by Schauna Findlay Relue on April 5, 2016

The idea that we should accelerate students' math curriculum to ensure they can complete Calculus before graduation was a trend in the early 2000's that we now are able to see the results from. Requiring students to take Algebra I in middle school has proven problematic because there are many students being accelerated without the required foundational skills for future math success.

While these students may be able to earn a passing grade and pass the state test for Algebra I, the lack of foundational skills and many standards which are left unmastered eventually catch up with students as they pursue higher math courses. With our shift to college- and career-readiness standards, we must rethink how we are determining placement into accelerated math classes for middle school students and how we are designing the middle school curriculum to ensure students do not have gaps in their learning.

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Topics: Algebra, assessments, curriculum, Data Warehouse, educators, math, Pivot, Pivot INSPECT, Software

Early Warning System for Dropout Prevention: the ABC's

Posted by Schauna Findlay Relue on October 17, 2015

For a number of years, we have heard that our nation has a dropout crisis. The ESSA requires that every state's Title I plan must "include how they will support districts in meeting needs of students in middle grades to improve effective transitions to middle and high school to reduce risk of dropping out."

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Topics: Data Warehouse, Pivot, dropout prevention, early warning indicator system