Math Grad Req 91506 BOB

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Mathematics Graduation Requirements : 

Mathematics Graduation Requirements Bob Butts Staff, State Board of Education September 15, 2006


Overview Credit Requirements Washington State requirements Local requirements Other States Number of credits required Requirements regarding the type of courses taken WA Learns, HECB, and Other Countries Certificate of Academic Achievement Questions to Consider Next Steps

Washington: Minimum Mathematics Graduation Requirement: 

Washington: Minimum Mathematics Graduation Requirement 2 credits Essential Content: High school EALRs and beyond Taken in grades 9 -12 or in grades 7 - 8 if the student took the class with high school students and/or class equivalent to high school math class 150 hours of instruction or demonstrated competencies as determined by the district

Local Requirements: 

Local Requirements Based on survey completed by State Board staff in fall, 2005 How many credits are required by your district?

Other States:Current Requirements : 

Other States: Current Requirements

Other States:Future Requirements: 

Other States: Future Requirements Note: Idaho just increased its requirement to 3

The number of credits required is increasing : 

The number of credits required is increasing

Other States:Course Requirements : 

Other States: Course Requirements Current Course Requirements 8 states do not have statewide minimum graduation requirements Of states with statewide minimum requirements: 22 states do not specify which courses must be included 17 states require Algebra or Algebra I 7 states specifically require geometry Several states allow the use of Integrated Mathematics Future Course Requirements 14 states will be more specific regarding what courses must be taken See handout for additional information

Washington Learns: 

Washington Learns Draft Steering Committee Strategies 'Charge the SBE with defining world-class math and science high school graduation requirements' 'The SBE and HECB should work together to align high school graduation requirements and minimum college admissions standards, moving towards a system based on demonstrated competence for college level work, not seat time' 'Expect rigor and relevancy in math courses by eliminating general math in middle and high schools and by enriching math and science classes with applied, creative, and project-based opportunities'

Higher Education Coordinating Board: 

Higher Education Coordinating Board Current Minimum Requirements (4-yr colleges/universities) Three credits of math, including Algebra, Geometry, and Intermediate Algebra (or Integrated Math I, II, and III) Proposed Requirements (On-hold pending WA Learns recommendations) Four credits of math, with at least one credit completed in the senior year Students could earn one math credit by taking an algebra-based science or statistics course Students who complete pre-calculus would be considered to have met this requirement Students who pass the WASL would fulfill the first two credits of high school math and English

Graduation requirements in other countries: 

Graduation requirements in other countries Stay tuned….


Certificate of Academic Achievement

The Law: 

The Law Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement required for the Class of 2008 and beyond Class of 2008 and 2009: Reading, writing, and mathematics Class of 2010 and beyond: Science added Students to have four retake opportunities plus Community College opportunities Additional options and appeals authorized Collection of Evidence, WASL/GPA Comparison, PSAT/SAT/ACT Score, transfer, and special case appeals

The Trend: All three standards: 

The Trend: All three standards Percent of 10th Grade Students Meeting all three WASL Standards (Reading, Writing, andamp; Mathematics) Based on Total Enrollment * Includes students meeting the listening standard. Source: OSPI


0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 70.0 80.0 90.0 100.0 Grade 4 Grade 7 Grade 10 ’98 ’97 ’99 ’05 ’05 Reading Percent of students meeting standard ’04 ’03 ’04 ’03 ’05 ’04 ’03 47.9 38.5 51.5 Percent meeting standard


0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 70.0 80.0 90.0 100.0 Grade 4 Grade 7 Grade 10 ’98 ’97 ’99 ’05 ’05 60.6 64.7 79.9 ’06 ’06 ’06 42.8 31.3 41.1 ’04 ’03 ’04 ’03 ’05 ’04 ’03 Writing Percent of students meeting standard Percent meeting standard


0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 70.0 80.0 90.0 100.0 Grade 4 Grade 7 Grade 10 ’98 ’97 ’99 ’05 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’04 ’03 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’06 ’06 ’06 51.2 48.7 59.0 21.3 20.1 33.0 Mathematics Percent of students meeting standard Percent meeting standard


Did not meet standard Met or exceeded standard Grade 4 42,346 28,635 13,432 47,990 Grade 10 37,776 32,191 21,540 38,378 Grade 7 36,955 37,881 56,931 14,727 Math: Grades 4, 7 and 10 Students at each level: First year of testing and 2006

The Trend: Percent Meeting the 10th Grade Mathematics Standard 1999–2006: 

The Trend: Percent Meeting the 10th Grade Mathematics Standard 1999–2006 Source: OSPI

Class of 2008: Mathematics: 

Class of 2008: Mathematics Percent Meeting Mathematics Standards by Subgroup 2006, 10th Grade (Based on Total Enrollment)


Exit Exam Pass Rates in Other States After Four Retests*: 

Exit Exam Pass Rates in Other States After Four Retests* Alabama 93% Initial Testing Cumulative Percent of Students Meeting Requirement *Florida offered five retests. 92% 95% Florida Indiana Louisiana Massachusetts South Carolina 92% 95% 92% Source: OSPI

Cautions about making state-to-state comparisons : 

Cautions about making state-to-state comparisons Difficulty of tests vary Standards are sometimes lowered Amount of assistance provided to students differs ************ On the other hand, educators across the country want students to be successful, and will help students to be so…

Questions to consider: 

Questions to consider Credits Does the board want to review whether the mathematics graduation CREDIT requirement needs to be modified? If so, what issues and questions need to be addressed? CAA Are the state and districts taking all feasible steps to assist the Class of 2008 (and beyond) meet the math standard? What additional assistance is needed? How much growth in the % meeting the math standard can we expect in the next two years? If the projected level of growth is not sufficient, what actions should be taken?

Next Steps: 

Next Steps Objective: Make recommendations -- in conjunction with OSPI and the PESB -- to the Legislature regarding What’s needed to improve mathematics achievement Whether changes are needed in the graduation requirement Schedule Sept: Discuss OSPI, PESB, and SBE options/recommendations Oct: Explore grad options, hear from educators/others Nov: SBE agrees on CAA graduation requirement recommendation and whether to consider changing credit requirement Dec: Share with House/Senate Education Committees

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