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Mathematics Curriculum Update

The mathematics department has spent meeting time as well as common planning time analyzing data from MCAS, finals exams and AP exams. We have used this data, and will continue to use this data, to drive instruction for improvement. In 2018, 2% more Rockland High School students scored advanced than on the 2017 MCAS
exam. There was also a 2% rise in possible points on multiple choice questions as well as a 4% rise in possible points on free response questions. Rockland students scored very well in creating equations and solving systems of equations. Areas for improvement that we have identified are understanding transformations, extending properties of exponents to rational exponents and sequences.

Algebra I
STRENGTHS
● Simplifying exponential expressions with positive exponents
● Simplifying algebraic expressions
TARGET AREAS
● Finding the equation of linear expressions
● Factoring trinomials

Geometry
STRENGTHS
● Problems involving the Pythagorean Theorem
● Finding the area and volumes of plane figures
TARGET AREAS
● Using 30-60-90 triangles
● Area and volume formulas finding figures with the same area and volume

Algebra II
STRENGTHS
● Simplifying problems involving square roots
● Simplifying complex fractions
TARGET AREAS
● Simplifying problems involving cube roots
● Simplifying complex numbers

Pre Calculus
STRENGTHS
● Problems involving linear equations
● Simplifying complex numbers
TARGET AREAS
● Complex inequalities that are solved by finding the zeros and checking the intervals.
● Problems involving logarithms

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