The fourth meeting of the High School Algebra 1 Adoption Committee took place on April 27, 2016. Download the meeting PowerPoint


  • Check in
  • Review Straw Design
  • Review the timeline
  • Review materials to narrow what should go out to schools
  • Check-out, update timeline and next steps

Review Straw Design

Program Feature Budget Implication
Two period block (students could earn Alg. 1 or both Alg. 1 and geometry credit) No
Smaller class size (less than 20) Yes
Co-teaching with special education and math expertise Possibly
Adaptive Software (multiple options) Yes
Spanish speaker and/or translation interface Yes
District wide Algebra 1 team to meet quarterly or more Yes
Curriculum including pre/post assessments is well documented and sustainable (summer work?) Yes
Shared planning period and course periods for Algebra 1 teachers  (ELL and Special Education included) Possibly
  • We didn’t originally prioritize this – but as we meet next year together, we can think about what it is important in prioritization.
  • Adaptive software being offered at all sites: we need to decide what adaptive software to offer; need variety; budget aware
  • Sammamish/Interlake/Bellevue – all will offer a two period block of Alg 1/geometry with small class sizes – opportunity to earn credit for Alg 1 or both alg 1 and geometry push in support from special education in co-teach model
  • Work with VIBES to find Spanish speakers; Andy gave example of how we worked with VIBES and got a Spanish speaker volunteer – Sharon needs to check in with VIBES about growing this program and finding extra support
  • Principals are committed to working hard to find a common planning period in the master schedule.  It is a priority but not a guarantee.

Timeline Update

Hoping today that we will select materials and between now and may 17, the teachers would review and provide feedback via survey.

It would be beneficial to ensure that teachers slated to teach Algebra 1 next year have the opportunity to look at the materials.  The special education/ELL facilitator should also be included.

  • April 27: Adoption committee selects materials to send to schools for review using rubric
  • April 28-May 17: Teachers review materials and provide feedback to the committee via survey
  • May 18: Adoption committee reviews survey data and decides which 2 curricula to pilot next year
  • June 7: Adoption committee plans the pilot process, training needed, and create draft master OneNote for the course. Plan for summer work if necessary.
  • September 21, Adoption committee communicate pilot process and training needs
  • January TBD, Adoption committee reviews teacher, parent and student survey data to determine next steps
  • March 2017: Adoption recommendation to IMC
  • 2017-18: Full implementation of materials and new program

Review and Edit Criteria for Materials

Jami passes out the rubric that we co-authored by the committee.  Team partners up to look at materials in partnerships.

Curricula Reviewed: Cognitive Tutor; CorePlus; CPM; Howard County; Engage New York; I Can Learn Math; Integrated CME; MVP; Prentice Hall; UCSMP; HOLT HEA; HOLT Big Ideas; Pearson; Glencoe

Team determined that more time is needed to review materials before choosing materials to send to schools for feedback.