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Our 7th & 8th grade math curriculum just purchased new textbooks to meet the CCSS for their grades. However, we have many parents who also want us to include a Pre-Algebra and Algebra curriculum in order to have students ready for high school math. In the Chicago area, our students have to take high school selective enrollment tests in order to get into the top high schools in our city. Parents are concerned that the CCSS is not enough. Our question is whether the CCSS will have our top students ready for higher level high school math?

Sep 2, 2013 9:58am

  • Math
  • 6-8
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 11, 2013 5:26pm


      I understand your dilemma as I taught at a Math-Science- Technology middle school and many of the parents were aspiring for preparing their children for high school and beyond.

      The CCSS definitely prepares middle school students for higher level mathematics. It is rigorous and prepares students to be problem solvers and critical thinkers.

      The CCSS appendix listed below provides guidance on how middle schools could plan instruction to prepare middle school students for Algebra I in 8th grade.

      Hope this helps.