## The New Common Core Standards for Mathematics

Over the summer the Utah State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and Language Arts. Parents, students and teachers alike want to know what this adaptation will mean for the mathematics classrooms in Alpine School District.

The district has put together a page to answer many of the questions presented by parents and students alike. I have complied some of the most commonly asked questions and provided links for more in depth responses on the district page.

A. No, the Common Core State Standards not a national core. They were developed by a group of teachers and state leaders that recognized the need for consistency in math standards between states. Currently 40 States have voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards. For more background information click here.

A. The State Board of Education is planning an operational assessment of the Common Corse State Standards in the 2014-2015 school year. This means the the CCSS needs to be fully implemented in all the school districts by 2014-2015. While the state has set the deadline for full implementation specific implementation plans were left for each district to decide. In Alpine School district we will begin partial implementation of the CCSS in grades 7-9 in the 2012-2013 school year. Full implementation of the CCSS in grades 7-11 will begin in 2013-2014. Any student enrolled in Algebra 1 prior to the implementation of CCSS will remain in the old core until graduation. For more information on the implementation schedule including a flowchart and student progression can be found by clicking here.

A. The Utah State Board of Education has chosen to adopt the International pathway. This means that mathematical concepts, such as Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Statistics will be spread out and taught together. Therefore students will take Secondary Math I in 9th grade, Secondary Math II in 10th grade, and Secondary Math III in 11th grade. The advantage of the international pathway is to create a smoother transition between courses. It also allows students to make better connections between mathematical concepts. For more information on the Common Core State Standards content click here.

A. The CCSS curriculum is designed to last until 11th grade. Where offered students will be able to take college prep, pre-calculus, or concurrent enrollment classes their senior year.

A. Alpine School District is committed to provide individual students with the right pacing to allow them to succeed. To provide opportunities for accelerated students a Honors and Accelerated track will be provided to allow students to take calculus in either 11th or 12th grade respectively.

A. The three years of Secondary Math Honors courses will include the Pre-Calculus content that students will need to be prepared to succeed in AP Calculus after Secondary Math III. The differences between Secondary Math I and Secondary Math IH have been defined by the State and are relatively small so we suggest that students enroll in Secondary Math IH. It will be much easier to transfer from Honors to non-Honors track than non-Honors to Honors track. The differences between the following years have not been clearly identified yet.

A. The transition to the Honors track from the regular track will be difficult for students to make. They will be responsible to learn the additional content independently. Therefore we recommend that students do their best in 8th grade math and enroll in Secondary Math IH.

A. An accelerated track will be available which allows students to take Intermediate Math I, Intermediate Math II and Secondary Math IH in the 7th and 8th grades. They will be taught three years worth of math in two years. In order for students to enroll in the accelerated math track they will need to pass a placement test in the 6th grade.

If you have more questions about the Common Core State Standards visit the background page or FAQ page provided by the district. Additional questions can be directed to me and I will do my best to answer your question, find the answer to your question or direct you to someone who will be able to.

The district has put together a page to answer many of the questions presented by parents and students alike. I have complied some of the most commonly asked questions and provided links for more in depth responses on the district page.

**Q. Are the Common Core State Standards a National Core?**A. No, the Common Core State Standards not a national core. They were developed by a group of teachers and state leaders that recognized the need for consistency in math standards between states. Currently 40 States have voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards. For more background information click here.

**Q. What is the timeline for implementation in Alpine School District?**A. The State Board of Education is planning an operational assessment of the Common Corse State Standards in the 2014-2015 school year. This means the the CCSS needs to be fully implemented in all the school districts by 2014-2015. While the state has set the deadline for full implementation specific implementation plans were left for each district to decide. In Alpine School district we will begin partial implementation of the CCSS in grades 7-9 in the 2012-2013 school year. Full implementation of the CCSS in grades 7-11 will begin in 2013-2014. Any student enrolled in Algebra 1 prior to the implementation of CCSS will remain in the old core until graduation. For more information on the implementation schedule including a flowchart and student progression can be found by clicking here.

**Q. How will the Standards effect High School math courses?**A. The Utah State Board of Education has chosen to adopt the International pathway. This means that mathematical concepts, such as Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Statistics will be spread out and taught together. Therefore students will take Secondary Math I in 9th grade, Secondary Math II in 10th grade, and Secondary Math III in 11th grade. The advantage of the international pathway is to create a smoother transition between courses. It also allows students to make better connections between mathematical concepts. For more information on the Common Core State Standards content click here.

**Q. What math will be available for students to take in 12th grade?**A. The CCSS curriculum is designed to last until 11th grade. Where offered students will be able to take college prep, pre-calculus, or concurrent enrollment classes their senior year.

**Q. What accommodation will be provided for advanced students?**A. Alpine School District is committed to provide individual students with the right pacing to allow them to succeed. To provide opportunities for accelerated students a Honors and Accelerated track will be provided to allow students to take calculus in either 11th or 12th grade respectively.

**Q. What is the difference between Honors and non-Honors Secondary Math courses?**A. The three years of Secondary Math Honors courses will include the Pre-Calculus content that students will need to be prepared to succeed in AP Calculus after Secondary Math III. The differences between Secondary Math I and Secondary Math IH have been defined by the State and are relatively small so we suggest that students enroll in Secondary Math IH. It will be much easier to transfer from Honors to non-Honors track than non-Honors to Honors track. The differences between the following years have not been clearly identified yet.

**Q. Will students be able to move to the Honors track after 9th grade?**A. The transition to the Honors track from the regular track will be difficult for students to make. They will be responsible to learn the additional content independently. Therefore we recommend that students do their best in 8th grade math and enroll in Secondary Math IH.

**Q. How will highly advanced students be able to take AP Calculus in 11th grade?**A. An accelerated track will be available which allows students to take Intermediate Math I, Intermediate Math II and Secondary Math IH in the 7th and 8th grades. They will be taught three years worth of math in two years. In order for students to enroll in the accelerated math track they will need to pass a placement test in the 6th grade.

If you have more questions about the Common Core State Standards visit the background page or FAQ page provided by the district. Additional questions can be directed to me and I will do my best to answer your question, find the answer to your question or direct you to someone who will be able to.