
The Secondary Math Department is proud to announce updates to our middle school mathematics curriculum and pathways. In the 202324 school year, as part of the curriculum review cycle and to facilitate realignment efforts, a committee comprised of elementary, middle, and high school teachers, special education instructors, math coaches and the math supervisor was established. This team diligently researched and evaluated various middle school math programs ultimately recommending a new program, updated pathways, and an implementation strategy. This plan received approval from the curriculum committee on April 16 and was ratified by the Board of Directors on May 14. Descriptions of the new seventhgrade math courses, a summary of changes, placement guidelines, and a list of frequently asked questions are listed below.
These changes will be implemented at Tamanend Middle School in the upcoming 202425 school year and across all middle schools starting in the 202526 school year. These updates may impact the recommended courses for some students. The mathematics department is dedicated to offering multiple pathways and numerous course offerings to meet the needs of all learners.
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Academic
Math 5
Academic
Math 6
Academic
Math 7
Academic
Math 8
Academic
Algebra 1A
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Algebra 1B
Academic
Geometry
Academic
Algebra 2
Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Precalculus
Accelerated
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Math 7
(7^{th} Grade Standards, 8^{th} Grade Standards)
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Algebra 1
(Algebra 1 + 8^{th} Grade Standards)
Geometry
Algebra 2
Precalculus
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Algebra 2*
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AP Calculus AB
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Algebra 1
(Algebra 1 + 7th Grade Standards)
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Geometry
(Geometry + 8th Grade Standards)
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Algebra 2
Honors
Precalculus
AP Calculus AB
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(AP Statistics)AP Calculus BC
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AP StatisticsDescription of the Seventh Grade Courses:
Academic Math 7  This course is designed for students who are ontrack with gradelevel content and material. This course will cover all 7^{th} grade standards preparing students for Academic Math 8 in 8^{th} grade. Topics covered will include: proportional relationships, operations involving rational numbers, expressions, equations, & inequalities, geometry, data analysis, and probability.
Accelerated Math 7  This course is designed for students who are ontrack with gradelevel content and material and have shown significant mastery in 6^{th} grade content. This course will cover all 7^{th} grade standards and some 8^{th} grade standards, preparing students to take Algebra 1 in 8^{th} grade. Topics covered will include: ratios & proportional reasoning, number systems & operations, equations & inequalities, geometry, slope & linear relationships, real numbers & exponents, data analysis, and probability.
Advanced Algebra 1 (7^{th} grade) – This course is designed for students who have successfully completed the elementary math series (in the Advanced level track). Students in this class are typically two years above grade level in mathematics. Students in this class will take the Algebra 1 Keystone Exam in seventh grade. Topics covered will include: linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables, exponents and polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, proportions, functions, rational expressions, and data analysis. Problemsolving, application, communication and reasoning are emphasized throughout the course.
Summary of Changes for the 202425 School Year
In coordination with significant research on gradelevel standards, the curriculum cycle and district realignment, the secondary course offerings will be streamlined.
Summary
Change
Rationale
PreAlgebra has been renamed.
7^{th} – PreAlgebra à Academic Math 7
8^{th} – PreAlgebra à Academic Math 8
As part of the curriculum cycle PreAlgebra 7, and PreAlgebra 8 were renamed to align with the gradelevel standards. PreAlgebra content is covered in these courses.
Accelerated Math 7 is a new course.
Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B à Accelerated Math 7, Accelerated Algebra 1
Based on specific criteria, some students were recommended for Algebra 1A or Algebra 1 in 7^{th} grade. With realignment students will have more flexibility and still reach Algebra 1 by 8^{th} grade.
Algebra 1 is now called Advanced Algebra 1 in 7^{th} grade.
Algebra 1 à Advanced Algebra 1 (7^{th} Grade)
These courses have been renamed. Students will learn Algebra 1 & grade level standards.
Description of Placement for the 2425 School Year:
Current Placement
Recommendation for 7^{th} grade
New Name
Criteria
PreAlgebra
Algebra 1
Advanced Algebra 1
 90% or better in PreAlgebra
PreAlgebra
Algebra 1A
Accelerated Math 7
 Below a 90% in PreAlgebra
6^{th} grade Math
PreAlgebra
Accelerated Math 7
Meets 3 or more
 Yearly Average for the year – 90% or higher
 Star Score – 60 or higher (average of the last two)
 PSSA  Grade 5 PSSA  Proficient or higher
 EOY 5 Test – 80% or higher
6^{th} grade Math
PreAlgebra
Academic Math 7
Meets less than 3
 Yearly Average for the year – 90% or higher
 Star Score – 60 or higher (average of the last two)
 PSSA  Grade 5 PSSA  Proficient or higher
 EOY 5 Test – 80% or higher
6^{th} grade Math
Math 7
Academic Math 7
 Teacher Recommendation
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where can I find my current recommendation for 7^{th} grade?
 This should be listed in the “Backpack” in Infinite Campus. If you are having trouble finding the recommendation, please reach out to the 6^{th} grade math teacher.
What does this mean for my child who is recommended for Algebra 1, Algebra 1A or Math 7 in 7^{th} grade?
 The course progression remains the same for students in these courses.
What does this mean for my child who is recommended for PreAlgebra in 7^{th} grade?
 There are two pathways for students— Accelerated Math 7 or Academic Math 7
 Students must meet the criteria to be recommended for Accelerated Math 7
 Students recommended for the Accelerated track will be preparing to take Algebra 1 in 8^{th} grade. Students recommended for the Academic track will take Algebra 1 in 9^{th} grade.
Is there a possibility for movement between levels? For example, can my child go from an Accelerated Math 7 course to an Academic Math 7 course or vice versa?
 This is handled on a casebycase basis. It needs to be approved by the principal and supervisor.