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Let’s see now. We have End Of Course Test scores very high in Algebra I and Geometry in Georgia. Many schools are scoring in the high 90’s. The math part of our Graduation Tests boasts scores that rock the house. (Yes, I know that test is lame but it’s for everyone and it is what it is.)
Enter the ‘powers that be’. A few years ago they mandated ‘Georgia schools must all change their math curriculum’. So like good little ducklings, we did.
Implementation and training from the state level were poor. Teachers were not given proper resources and had to develop their own. Not that they are not fully capable but having time? That’s another story. Let me just say that many variations of Math I surfaced.
Georgia Algebra EOCT scores dropped like a rock. Make that a boulder.
The plan was first Algebra I would go away and Math I would come in. Check. The next year Geometry went away and Math II came in. Then Algebra II went away and in came Math III. Each of these Maths is integrated…some algebra, some geometry, some statistics. You get the picture. A good solid Algebra I program somewhere? Anywhere? No!
I retired when I saw this coming. It was time anyway. Good timing I’d say. The tutoring business is booming!
PS: Instead of ranting further let’s just say it’s in the works to “allow” school districts in the state to return to traditional, single subject math classes. At least 80 of our 180 school supers want “to be freed from having to teach the integrated math curriculum’, according to a Dept of Ed survey.
Dear Geometry Student,
Okay! Here’s the deal. Every school day starting April 1, several geometry problems will appear on this blog. All problems will come from past Georgia EOCTs (End Of Course Tests). Every geometry student in Georgia public schools takes the EOCT. Your score counts 15% of your geometry grade. That’s a lot! It can make a big difference.
Here’s your part. You work the problem and email me the answer. If you send me your name, your school, your state, your teacher’s name and his/her school email address, I will keep track of the number of problems you answer correctly. Right before you take the EOCT, I will send your teacher the total number of problems you get right!
Now, I don’t know if your teacher will give you any credit for this or not. That is entirely up to them. I do know that IT WILL HELP YOU get a better grade on the EOCT. So do it for yourself, and if you get a couple of bonus points, that’s great too. Right?
If you do not live in Georgia, you can still play along. I’m sure you have a final test also, so it will help you too.
1. Print this and show it to your teacher and parent before you start just so they’ll know what you are doing.
2. You may answer the questions anytime during the week they are posted but no later than 9:00 PM Georgia time on Friday of each week. Nothing after 9:00 PM on Friday will count.
3. It is okay if you get help with the answers because that will help you too.
4. I will post all of the answers for the week in this blog sometime after 9:00 PM each Friday.
5. I will keep track of the number of questions you answer correctly and will send the total to your teacher the week before your big test.
6. Send all answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, put GEOMETRY EOCT.
This should be fun! Some questions will be reeeeaaaalllllyyyy easy and some will be more challenging but all will help you remember and be prepared for your big test!
I hope you will play along with all of us! See you Wednesday, April 1….and I’m not foolin’!
The Real Mathster