# Get the Math and Get Points!

When putting the answer choices into the TI-84 we can see that the only match is II.

Analyzing a graph can teach students about the zeros or solutions of a function.  This function passes through the x-axis 3 times: at x = -2, x = 1 and x =3.   We can also use this question to talk about factoring, y-intercepts, end behavior and other cool Math ideas.  The process of elimination is very rewarding as compare/contrast is a great way to learn content and  metacognition.

I am in favor of students knowing the Math part of this for sure but with the TI-84 , they can get the Math and get points.  The 2 points on this type of question may make the difference between Pass and Fail and perhaps even high school graduation.     The problem below comes from the June 2015 Algebra I Regents.

Option I is a NO GO so answers (1) and (3) are OUT.

Option II looking good — it’s a keeper!!

Option III is a NO GO

# Common Core Alg I, why so hard? It’s not for HS Seniors

Rigor?  Or graduation rate?  Hmmm.. this has been the debate for the Algebra Regents for many years.
http://www.nysedregents.org/algebraone/615/algone62015-exam.pdf

If seniors need a Regents for graduation, the bar cannot be set too high, which has been the reason that Integrated Algebra Regents/Math A etc have not had high intensity.  BUT this year all the seniors were taking ye olde Integrated Algebra and most of the Common Core takers were 8th and 9th graders.  Wondering if this will get easier as this year’s freshmen approach their 2018 graduation date.

The June 2015 Common Core Algebra I Regents was more challenging than previous: read here http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2716734 although one poster wrote that her students did great with
the materials from http://www.emathinstruction.com below:  Just got a copy in the mail and will be reviewing it for Gen Ed, Sp Ed and ELLs.