Algebra II Standards
Here is my master list of what I plan to teach this semester in Algebra II. Since Tennessee received the Race to the Top funds, our standards have changed to match those of the American Diploma Project. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and am not sure how I will cover all of the material. I have never taught the Unit Circle in an Algebra II course. Fortunately, I have the Algebra II Honors course and know that the level of students I am working with will rise to the challenge. I feel sorry for my fellow teachers who have to cover the same standards with grade level and remedial students. Every student in Tennessee has to have four years of math including Algebra II regardless of the student’s career path. I got a glimpse of the new End of Course test recently and almost cried. It was definitly college level material. All children should be able to balance a check book graph imaginary numbers. My favorite part of the entire test is that next year it will count in my yearly evaluation although I am not told how. It should be interesting.
Since I use Standard’s Based Grading, this list of Standards is absolutely necessary to me. This is what goes in my gradebook. I no longer use “Chapter 1 Test” or any other nonsense title. It has helped my students and parents so much. Next, I’ll be moving onto Pre Calculus. The new standards were just released by my state and I can’t wait to put them in some understandable, usable form.