If a student can’t add, he or she can’t multiply. Without multiplication, algebra is impossible—not to mention business math or trigonometry.
Learning is a step-by-step process. We learn the basics, then use those basics to learn more complex concepts—like addition leading to calculus.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the board of education took steps to make sure every student has the skills needed to be successful in math. The board adopted the Math Department’s recommended grade 5-12 math progression.
“Think of it like a map,” said math chair Jessica Bowman.
“You start out at one place and it shows what you need to get to the next spot.”
This “map” is not just one route. It provides ways for students of all abilities and life goals to get to where they need to be.
“Some students are going to jump on the superhighway, gobbling up courses on a race to upper level calculus in high school. Others will travel steadily toward a Regents diploma. Others will take a slower route, retracing steps to make certain that they have the skills to earn that Regents diploma,” she said.
The math progression makes certain that all students have the opportunity to take the math courses they need to be ready for life after high school.
“We are excited by this change,” said Mrs. Bowman.
“It challenges our students to build on their math skills. If they hit a wall anywhere along the way, it allows them to slow down. But it encourages every child to stretch himself or herself throughout secondary school. We are doing all we can to support our math students and promote their success‘”
To learn more, please visit our Math Progressions page.