A high school geometry class will be used in middle school to meet Common Core standards in math.
The class will be taught at Arlington Heights Illinois School District 25 middle schools starting in the fall, officials said.
The curriculum used in Township High School District 214 and the high school benchmark assessments will now apply to eighth graders. The geometry class will replace the advanced math topics class, but will have algebra threaded throughout, said Donna Bingaman, assistant principal at Thomas Middle School, at a recent school board meeting where the changes were presented.
“We’re so very lucky we’re able to offer this opportunity in geometry,” said Dr. Dale Truding, District 25 assistant superintendent for student learning.
Teachers from both districts will co-teach geometry to get prepared to teach the curriculum at the middle schools.
“It’s really a nice alignment,” said Bingaman.
There also will only be two levels of math, as opposed to three, for sixth and seventh grade next year and two levels for all grade levels the following year.
“It appears we’re doing less differentiation in math,” said District 25 Board Member Phil Crusius, who asked staff to explain the reason for this.
Truding said that with all of the various levels, some kids were struggling to get to eighth grade algebra. She said that there will still be differentiation, but in a more effective way.
“We’ve got to get them there,” Truding said.
As a result of the changes, some students will take Calculus 3 their senior year of high school. Bingaman also added that more juniors will likely earn AP math credits, because of the changes as well.
“It benefits them to work with us,” said Bingaman, following the meeting, about their partnership with the high school. “When we send them our geometry kids, they’ve had what the rest of the kids who have finished geometry have.”
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