The Mathematics Department provides a strong and broad curriculum
ranging from Sheltered Core Algebra to Advanced Placement Calculus.
students are required to earn 20 math credits. For students who plan to
attend a California State University, 30 credits are required. The
University of California recommends 4 years.
MATH DEPARTMENT REPORT
In the area of assessment, the Math Department has been analyzing the new SBAC test. We began by taking a look at the practice test released in 2013. We collaboratively attempted the 2014 Computer Adaptive Test (CAT). Each of these two practice tests consisted of 28 questions. Based on the released blueprint, we know that a full length CAT section contains 33-°©‐36 questions. Therefore, we feel that these two sets of 28 questions probably covered the breadth of standards adequately. We categorized each item not by standard, but rather by function (polynomial, radical, exponential, trigonometric geometry/measurement or statistics/probability). This portion of our work is almost 100% complete.
This categorization process serves multiple purposes. First, in terms of content, we were able to see the percentage of questions related to each function on the SBAC test. The next step would be to determine which content should be covered in Math 1, Math 2, and Math 3 since this is a test given to eleventh graders.
The Math Department has also started to look at the four claims in which students must show proficiency to be college and career ready. We will be reviewing the claims and the released questions for each claim to determine our next steps. These last two years, we have used our collaboration time to debrief every district workshop and training we have attended.