Expect that all students will learn school algebra through a coherent progression of topics.

Schools should expect that all students can learn algebra; students who are preparing for college or technical careers should master the topics of school algebra typically addressed in Algebra I and Algebra II courses.

While different course configurations are possible, the important point is that all the topics of school algebra are addressed. A common obstacle to solving algebraic equations is inadequate preparation in arithmetic. Because student preparation is key to success in algebra, teachers of algebra cannot assume a common skill level. Some students may need additional instruction and extensive practice, while others can work at an accelerated pace.

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Algebra Pathways Inventory: Working With Struggling Algebra Students

Use this self-assessment inventory to consider whether there are adequate practices in place to help students who are struggling in algebra. Related Media and Files: Multiple Pathways to...

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07/16/2014
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Systematic Analysis of Student Errors

This protocol provides an approach that can be used to analyze the types of errors that students are making and the knowledge they need for algebra lessons. Related Media and...

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07/16/2014
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Learning Together About Multiple Paths

This tool describes ways to frame a discussion about current student success rates in algebra and what options might be needed to help more students become successful in learning...

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07/16/2014
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State Perspective on Algebra

State Perspective on Algebra

In response to the National Math Panel report, Connecticut is developing course and student expectations, a common algebra curriculum, certification for specialists, and state-provided professional...

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07/16/2014
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Professional Development in Secondary Mathematics

Professional Development in Secondary Mathematics

Hear about professional learning communities, individualized performance plans, peer learning, common observation tools, linkages to the middle school, and the value of conducting observations...

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07/16/2014
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Accelerated Algebra

Accelerated Algebra

Longfellow’s Honors Algebra teacher describes how she builds in more challenging problems for accelerated students, including extending the core algebra curriculum with advanced work with equations...

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07/16/2014
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Algebra Boot Camp

Algebra Boot Camp

The math department chair describes essential mathematics concepts that are the focus of the summer algebra boot camp. Algebra I teachers have identified the topics that are necessary for...

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07/16/2014
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Linear Graph Back to Back

Download the PowerPoint slides that teacher Paul Jorgens uses in the video, Helping All Students Learn Algebra, to help students develop their communication skills with algebra...

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07/16/2014
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Helping All Students Learn Algebra

Helping All Students Learn Algebra

Teacher Paul Jorgens discusses the arithmetic skills that students need for algebra. Download Linear Mingle and Linear Graph Back to Back, the materials he uses in the activities for function...

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07/16/2014
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Linear Mingle

Download templates for materials that teacher Paul Jorgens uses in the video Helping All Students Learn Algebra to have students build fluency with algebraic vocabulary, concepts, and...

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07/16/2014
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Helping Struggling Learners in Algebra

Helping Struggling Learners in Algebra

Hear ideas for overcoming students' lack of preparation for algebra. Included are tips for group work, developing algebraic communications, diagnosing misconceptions, contextualizing problems, and...

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07/16/2014
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Instructional Strategies for Struggling Algebra Students

Instructional Strategies for Struggling Algebra Students

Dr. Bonnie Grossen, Director of the Center for Applied Research in Education, offers practical ideas for working with students who are struggling with algebra, focusing on weaving together...

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07/15/2014
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