__Hawk Spotlight/ Math Pathways:__

**Mr. Brown's Placement Note: **We do not accept (we meaning Fremont) outside math courses. We do not have end of summer

reevaluation of math placement (unless the student attended and passed the summer Math Academy). In addition, the 6th grade teachers

did not place students in accelerated classes. We used Data, Test scores and trimester grades to determine placement.

**Math Pathways Q & As: Mr. Brown's responses**

1. Different paths and their impacts to college admission. 2.Requirements for switching among these different paths requested by parents

and related timing. 3.Criteria for maintaining the same path.

1. We will cover the different paths at the spotlight meeting. Colleges look at math levels and courses completed. They do not take into

account the speed or the pathway used to attain course mastery. 2. Parents can request schedule change forms beginning on MAZE days.

Like honors--students that qualify do not have to take accelerated courses. They may elect to take grade level math even if they qualify for

accelerated. 3. To stay on the accelerated path students must maintain a B- or above.

2. How do we get to Finite/Discrete Math and Multivariable? Is it necessary to complete Multivariable to get into a good engg college? -Can

you explain how to take classes at Ohlone if Mission High does not offer these classes or is unable to accommodate students? We heard that

Mission High teachers do not teach. Do you recommend that we look for outside resources to supplement the child's learning when we get

to Mission.

These are questions for Mission High Counselors or administrators.

3. Thank you for hosting this session. Common Core is about the child understanding the topics in an in-depth manner. Yet, the tests given

were multiple choice which relied more on speed and memorization. Why is it that the students are not given complex problems that they

spend time on solving and not multiple choice questions?

How does a multiple choice question reflect whether the child truly understood the material

I'm not sure which tests you are refering to here. The 6th grade placement test was in two parts. Part one was traditional multiple-choice.

Part two was non-traditional multiple answer selection. In addition the placement test scores were only one piece that determined

placement. The SBAC test for which you should receive a score report very soon involved all sorts of complex problems.

4. We heard that the SAT is also changing. How will the current pathways help in this regard? --SAT is a for profit test created by College

Board. It gives a common test that students across the country can be compared on. It is one measurement that can be used by colleges. The

new test is aligning with the SBAC and will be on computers very soon. -

5. Will the school actually cover all the materials that will come in SAT and SAT Math subject test?

SAT math is a subject specific test not required by all schools. This depends on the school and the major. Public schools are mandated to

follow the state frameworks for math and we do not teach to a test.

6. How the new program changes the curriculum

7.My daughter was in common core regular class. Can she get in accelerated math class if she got very big improved in summer. thank.

At the end of 9th grade.

8.What are the benefits of taking accelerated math from 7th to 12th grade? How kids will impact if they don't choose accelerated math in

8th grade ?

It is not about benefits or no benefit. Completing high levels of math and loving math should not be a competition. The different pathways

are so that students have options to be placed at the actual level to maximize learning and for them to master the skills necessary to continue

forward in math.

9.May we get information about the pathway from 7th to 12th grade? How many minutes is the common core test for each grade? Is the test

on computers all the way during the test? What is the full/maximum score? what points would be given to a wrong answer, 0 or negative

points?

10. Thank you for doing this. Last year's 8th grade parents mentioned that the teachers spent time on Algebra 1 but did not cover CC3 yet

the test and the district assessments focused more on CC3. Why is there a disconnect? The reason we ask is apparently a lot of the 8th grade

students did not do well on the tests because of this disconnect. Is this true? What will be done differently this year to correct this issue?

This is not true. There was no 8th grade district test. Smarter Balanced testing took place in the spring through the CA Dept. of Education.

We will have more data from the test early this fall.

11. Have a uniformity amongst various teachers on preparation, content and testing. Can a student who has done accelerated path in

Hopkins start with regular path in Mission high?

YES

12. Hello- I think there is a huge disconnect between what the teachers teach and what the kids who truly enjoy and want to learn Math

want to do. Why not work with them on problems on complex problems? If you are truly trying to help the kids understand math, then

choose something which is appropriate.

Thank you for the advice. The curriculum and instruction department is always looking for good ideas. Please bookmark their webpage on

the district site and join any future committees. Remember our teachers do not have a choice when it comes to materials that are purchased

by the district. Materials must be approved by the CDE.

13. Is my child missing out if he is not in the accelerated program?

Not at all.

14. Thank you for hosting. We have an 8th grader who is our older child so we are learning the process as we grow with him. We are a bit

concerned about Mission High. We understand that it is the parents' responsibility to make sure that the student understands the course

materials as the teachers do not teach. What resources will the school provide us to teach our students so that they do well in school. What

is the school doing about cheating?

Encourage your students to work hard and foster in them a love of learning and a balanced life.

15. What kind of books are being planned to use for common core ?

The text book from Spring board which was used last year is not written well at all. Particularly the chapter on Statistics & Probability have

questions which do not make much sense. The Curriculum and Instruction Dept. works with the Math Curriculum council to make

recomendations to the school board. They have the final vote to approve materials and books. There are plenty of opportunities for parent

feedback, viewing of materials, and to voice concerns at the board meetings. Look for updates from the C and I department for upcoming

adoptions. (I believe English is next).

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