This study was requested to support the work of the Algebra 2 by Grade 11 M-Stat. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine the readiness of MCPS students to successfully complete Algebra 2 by Grade 11 with a C or higher. It is also intended to provide information of general interest regarding mathematics curriculum, instruction, and performance in MCPS.
Reinforce the role of differentiation and the skills and environment needed to make it work in Algebra 2 classes. Reexamine the use of specific lesson components and the instructional time for those components specified for Algebra 2 classes in the instructional guide. Encourage formative assessment techniques that will allow rapid adjustments in instruction and delivery of continuous feedback. Explore creative ways to review and reinforce algebraic skills from Algebra 1 with rising Algebra 2 students. Work with geometry teachers to make more explicit connections during the Geometry course between algebra skills and geometry. Review the effectiveness of district efforts to accelerate mathematics articulation and achievement, particularly with regard to algebra. Standardize policies regarding prerequisites and articulation pathways for struggling and failing students and for retaking of the (failed) Algebra 2 course.
AlgebraTwoReportJuly2010.pdf (357KB PDF)