# Algebra Graduation Requirement Policy

As required by EC Section 51224.5(c) and specified in Assembly Bill 220, before receiving a high school diploma of graduation from Connecting Waters Charter school, at least one of the two required mathematics courses a pupil shall complete and pass must *meet or exceed* the rigor of Algebra I or Mathematics I, that is aligned to the content standards adopted by the state board (pursuant to Sections 60605.8 and 60605.11).

# Curriculum Choices

All students earning credit for Algebra 1 must use one of the following choices below to ensure compliancy to AB220 requirements (Note: students earning a-g Algebra 1 or a-g Math 1 credit must use the approved textbook in the CWCS course outline):

- State adopted Algebra 1 or Math 1 textbook program: http://www.connectingwaters.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1404906052379; or
- Standards aligned Algebra 1 or Math 1 textbook program with a
*published*scope and sequence alignment to California Common Core Standards; or - Algebra 1 or Math 1 curriculum with one of the following corresponding completed concepts and skills review supplemental workbooks. The assigned Effective Educator will be required to verify completion of the below workbook choice:
__On Core Algebra 1__by Houghton Mifflin__Common Core Coach, Algebra I__by Triumph Learning__Common Core Coach, Mathematics I__by Triumph Learning__Algebra 1 Common Core Practice and Problem Solving__by Prentice Hall

- Other curriculum choices may be submitted to Math Specialist for review and possible approval. Submissions must include complete Table of Contents, Scope and Sequence, and a minimum of 3 sample lessons from the textbook.

For additional guidance in providing universal access to mathematics instruction, refer to the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

The California Department of Education reminds us that:^{1}

Algebra I standards can and should be taught to all students, including students with disabilities. These students must be given access to the * general education curriculum* in order to equip them with the practical life skills they will need to be successful in the 21st century. They may not be able to complete the course in the standard length of time and may require more than one class to complete the course of study. In addition, they may need practical ways of demonstrating skills and competencies, such as through the use of manipulatives and with the assistance of calculators. They may also require supplemental instructional materials that address their learning needs. Nonetheless, it is important to ensure that ALL students be given an opportunity to access standards in the general education curriculum.

In the past many students were assigned to a basic general or remedial-level mathematics class, thereby limiting their opportunity to complete Algebra I, a critical gateway course. To ensure that at-risk learners move ahead to complete an essential course such as Algebra I, ESs may need assistance in designing curriculum and instruction to meet the need of their students.

Therefore, it is important to remember that many popular curriculum choices for struggling students do NOT *meet or exceed* the content standards if used as a stand-alone core curriculum. This includes curriculum such as __AGS Algebra__,__Starline Press Algebra__, __Teaching Textbooks Algebra__, and__ Math-U-See Algebra__, which are not aligned to current CA Algebra 1 content standards.

# Frequently Asked Questions^{2}

Q. **Does "complete the course," mean "pass the course?"**

A. Completing the course is the same as passing the course.

Q. **If a student passes Algebra I or Mathematics I prior to grade nine, is the Algebra I/Mathematics I graduation requirement met?**

A. EC Section 51224.5(c) provides that the Algebra I/Mathematics I graduation requirement is met if a student, prior to enrollment in grade nine, completes a course in Algebra I or Mathematics I, or mathematics courses of equal or greater rigor, that is aligned to the content standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE).

Q. **Must students take two mathematics courses in grades nine through twelve?**

A. Under EC Section 51225.3(a)(1)(B), students in grades 9 through 12 must take two unique mathematics courses regardless of whether they took Algebra I/Mathematics I prior to grade nine. A local board of education can establish specific mathematics courses, e.g., Mathematics I and Mathematics II, or Algebra I and Geometry, as graduation requirements.

If the time to complete a course is extended, such that only a portion of the standards are covered within a school year and the rest are completed during a second year, the student has only completed ONE course.

Q. **Can "course" be interpreted to mean one semester of Mathematics I or Algebra I?**

A. The requirement is that the course "meets or exceeds the rigor of Algebra I or Mathematics I that is aligned to the content standards adopted by the state board pursuant to Sections 60605.8 and 60605.11." The intent of the law is for students to complete a full course of Algebra I, Mathematics I, or a mathematics course of equal or greater rigor, as modeled in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Q. **If a student passes the first semester of a one-year Algebra I course and then changes to a two-year Algebra I course, will this meet the Algebra I/Mathematics I graduation requirement?**

A. The Algebra I/Mathematics I graduation requirement is only met if a student has completed a full course in Algebra I or Mathematics I, or mathematics course of equal rigor, that is aligned to the content standards adopted by the state board pursuant to EC Sections 60605.8 and 60605.11. All standards of Algebra I or Mathematics I must be addressed in the course(s).

Q. **If a student is in an integrated pathway (Mathematics I, Mathematics II, and Mathematics III), what course(s) fulfills the Algebra I graduation requirement?**

A. The requirement is that the course “meets or exceeds the rigor of Algebra I or Mathematics I that is aligned to the content standards adopted by the state board pursuant to Sections 60605.8 and 60605.11”.

^{1} Family Involvement & Partnerships; Algebra I Graduation Requirement; Guidance and resources for teaching algebra concepts to students with disabilities. California Department of Education

^{2 }Algebra I/Mathematics I Graduation Requirements; Frequently asked questions for Algebra I graduation requirements. California Department of Education. Posted Feb. 2016