Middle School Mathematics Expansion Programs

Cohoes Middle School offers mathematics expansion programs at each grade level, designed to give our middle school students increased opportunities to explore advanced math concepts.

Objectives

  • Encourage independent study and self-motivation on the part of the student.
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving
  • Provide additional opportunities for students to investigate mathematical ideas, organize, and present their ideas in both written and oral form, as encouraged within the Common Core
  • Offer students an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on the Integrated Algebra Common Core Regents in 8th This allows students expanded opportunities at the high school level.

Programs and Requirements

Accelerated Math Class (AMC – Grade 6) –This program is offered to 6th grade students who demonstrate a strong math proficiency. This proficiency is measured by a student’s above grade level normative data scoring on Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) mathematics testing, teacher recommendation, and we will use the NYS Grade 5 NYS Mathematics Proficiency Score as a second data set (an anecdotal affirmation of the MAP level). The AMC participants attend a daily forty-seven minute class. Students will be expected to maintain a high level of performance and effort. This includes an 85 percent quarterly grade point average on their team based math class and above grade level normative data scoring on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) mathematics testing.

Accelerated Math Class (AMC – Grade 7) – This program is offered to 7th grade students who demonstrate a strong math proficiency. This proficiency is measured by a student’s above grade level normative data scoring on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) mathematics testing, Grade 6 NYS Mathematics Proficiency Scores as second data set (an anecdotal affirmation of the MAP level), and teacher recommendation,

AM students attend one forty-seven AMC class daily. Students must maintain an 85 percent quarterly average. There will be a heavy homework load and students will need to exercise their ability to work independently.

Integrated Algebra (IA – 8) – This program is offered to 8th grade students who have consistently demonstrated a strong math proficiency in grades 6 and 7. This proficiency is measured by a student’s above grade level normative data scoring on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) mathematics testing, NYS Mathematics Proficiency Scores, teacher recommendation,and a formal review by our Instructional Support Team (IST).

Integrated Algebra students attend one IA class daily. Students must maintain an 85 percent quarterly average. There will be a heavy homework load and students will need to exercise their ability to work independently. IA students who complete the program will earn an opportunity to take the 9th Grade Integrated Algebra Regents Exam in June. Successful students will enter high school with a Regents math credit and have expanded opportunities at the high school.

Additional Information

  • At Cohoes Middle School, we are adopting the concept of building a well-crafted sequence of compacting math content [moving at a higher pace by condensing three years of math (7th, 8th, and 9th), into two years]. This is supported by the Next Generation Math Standards.
  • Students in 6th and 7th grade may enter AML-6 and AM-7 at any time when recommended by their team math teacher and approved by our Instructional Support Team (see data measures above).
  • Students who do not maintain the expectations of our program requirements may be dropped from AMC- 6, AMC -7, or IA – 8 programs. Final decisions are at the discretion of the CMS Principal.
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