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Math Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will students who are currently in the 2001 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) curriculum first experience the new C2.0 in mathematics, which is based on the CCSS?

In the 2013–2014 school year, Math 4, Math 5, and Algebra 1 will be the new courses available in C2.0 mathematics.  This will be the first exposure to some of the elements of the new curriculum and the CCSS for students going in to C2.0 Math 5 and Algebra 1.

Instructional materials and teacher preparation will include resources to assist students in demonstrating proficiency of the new standards. The design of the Algebra 1 curriculum will support students transitioning to C2.0 mathematics.

For students currently in C2.0 in Grade 3, what courses will be available for next year?

Next year, the courses for current Grade 3 students will be C2.0 Math 4 and for a few students, the compacted C2.0 Math 4/5. Only students who have consistently demonstrated proficiency, as defined by UCARE, of all grade-level indicators and acceleration opportunities, will be considered for the compacted Math 4/5. A systemwide process will be in place to help guide schools in reviewing data and making placement decisions.

For students currently in the MCPS mathematics curriculum in Grade 4, what courses will be available for next year?

  • Next year, the course for current Grade 4 students in MCPS Math 4 is C2.0 Math 5.
  • Next year, the courses for current Grade 4 students in MCPS Math 5 are C2.0 Math 5 or the existing MCPS Math 6.
  • Next year, the course for current Grade 4 students in MCPS Math 6 is the existing MCPS Math 7.

For students currently in the MCPS mathematics curriculum in Grade 5, what courses will be available for next year?

Depending on local middle school articulation guidelines:

  • Next year, the course for current Grade 5 students in MCPS Math 5 is MCPS Math 6.
  • Next year, the course for current Grade 5 students in MCPS Math 6 is MCPS Math 7.
  • Next year, the course for current Grade 5 students in MCPS Math 7 is MCPS IM.

How will we prepare Grade 4 students for CCSS Curriculum 2.0 Grade 5 Math?

Starting in February professional development opportunities and resources will be provided to teachers to prepare current Grade 4 students in MCPS Math 4 with the transition to C2.0 Grade 5 Math. A unit plan for the final marking period of this school year has been designed to help students in Grade 4 making this transition.

What is the design of the compacted courses?

The content of 12 marking periods (Math 4, 5, 6) is kept in sequence and compacted into the eight marking periods across Grades 4 and 5.

How is the CCSS being rolled out in middle school and high school?

Next year, C2.0 Algebra 1, aligned with CCSS, will be the first secondary mathematics course to roll out in both middle school and high school.

  • In 2014–2015, C2.0 Math 6 and Geometry will be rolled out.
  • In 2015–2016, C2.0 Math 7, Investigations in Mathematics (IM), and Algebra 2 will be rolled out.
  • In 2016–2017, C2.0 Math 8 will be rolled out.

Will students taking grade-level mathematics courses in elementary school be prepared for Algebra 1 in Grade 8?

C2.0 in Grades K-7 is designed to provide the strong foundation needed to be successful in Algebra 1 by Grade 8.

What is the policy on Algebra 2 as a high school graduation requirement?

The MCPS high school graduation requirement continues to be four credits of mathematics, with one full year of algebra and one full year of geometry. The state of Maryland is considering making Algebra 2 a high school graduation requirement, but no decision has been made at this time.

However, the University System of Maryland has requires students to complete Algebra 2 in high school.

Why should students complete at least Algebra 2 in high school?

Research has shown that students who complete Algebra 2 by the end of Grade 11 with a “C” or higher will perform better on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams and are less likely to require remedial mathematics courses in college. Students who complete Algebra 2 also are more than twice as likely to graduate from college than are students with less mathematical preparation.

In addition, the University System of Maryland requires students to complete Algebra 2 in high school.

Will there be options/electives for mathematics courses in high school?

There will continue to be elective mathematics courses available in high school, such as Bridge to Algebra 2, Quantitative Literacy, Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics, AP Calculus, and many others.  As the C2.0 secondary mathematics courses are developed and implemented, the need for these course offerings will continue to be evaluated.

Are teachers receiving professional development in mathematics?

MCPS provides professional development in many forms, as indicated in the left-hand column in the chart below. Recognizing the need to support the significant changes and expectations in mathematics instruction, MCPS is also expanding professional development opportunities as outlined in the right hand column.

Continuing Math Professional Development Venues (K–12)

  • Videos, documents, presentations in the Instruction Center
  • Elementary and secondary Core Team Training includes implementing grade level/course teachers.
  • Principal Curriculum Updates
  • Substitute Days for Collaborative Planning/PLCs
  • Math Content Coaches
  • Staff Development Teachers
  • Secondary Resource Teachers

Expansion To Support Effective Implementation (K–12)

  • Expand the number of sub days for collaborative curriculum study and planning.
  • Face-to-face training for all Grade 4 and 5 and Algebra 1 teachers.
  • Develop a team of specialists with math instructional expertise to support targeted school implementation.

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