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Parental Guide for Mathematics Competency

A Parental Guide for Mathematics Competency

A Parental Guide for Mathematics Competency


By Leon Dixon



Educators have said that the best indicator of how well a student will do in college is not test scores or grades. It is how well they did\
in geometry. It is also known that that the students who have taken the quality mathematics and science courses (such as advanced algebra an\
d trigonometry and above, and chemistry and physics) have the best SAT and ACT mathematics and science scores.

Many secondary teachers of these courses complain that students entering high school are lacking in the necessary background to handle the \
courses and therefore are in the need of remediation. Furthermore, what the high school mathematics teachers say that they would like the inc\
oming students to have is a good understanding of basic geometric concepts such as tangency, parallelism, and perpendicularity. Also, many of \
the college mathematics teachers say they would like incoming students to have a good background in trigonometry.

Below is a checklist that parents can use to monitor the progress of their child in each grade so that the above criteria can be met. T\
he students should also be able to explain their work.



GradeChecklist
K. Count to 100 & write the numbe\
rs from 1 to 100.

1.
Add single digit numbers.
2.
Add at least two double digit numbers involving carrying; subt\
ract single digit numbers.


3.
Add three triple digit numbers involving carrying; subtract using borrowing; b\
egin learning timetables
; begin multiplication.
4.
Know timetables; multiply a four-digit number by a three-digit number; begin division by single digits.
5.Divide a five-digit number by a two-digit number.

IMPORTANT: IF YOUR CHILD HAS TROUBLE WITH THIS, SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY. FUTURE SUCCESS DEPENDS ON THIS!
6.Multiply and divide fractions; add and subtract fractions with different denominators.
\

NOTE: If you have trouble checking for this, find someone who can help you with it.

7.
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals; and perform the conversion between fractions, decimals and percents.

NOTE: Same as in 6.

8.
Perform arithmetic with signed numbers.

NOTE: Same as in 6.
9.
Enroll in algebra I.
10.
Enroll in geometry and biology.
11.
Enroll in algebra II & trigonometry and chemistry.
12.
Enroll in pre-calculus and physics.


The above is only meant to be a guideline for normal student progress. Many students are working ahead of this schedule and that bodes wel\
l for them.




Guideline for Quality Education

Guideline for Quality Education

*** A Guideline for Quality Education ***

"You can go to high school and graduate, or you can go to high school and get educated."

Cornell I. Perry, Sr. — W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center Staff Member

LEVEL

LANGUAGE ARTS

SOCIAL SCIENCE

NATURAL SCIENCE

MATHEMATICS

ADEQUATE

English Grammar,
Reading &

Composition
Civics,
American History,
World History
Biology Algebra,
Geometry

GOOD

American Literature,
1 yr. Foreign

Language
U.S. Government Chemistry Advanced Algebra
& Trigonometry

SUPERIOR

World Literature,
2 yrs. Foreign

Language
Psychology Physics Pre-Calculus

 

*** Additional recommended Quality Course ***

  Black Literature Black History Advanced Chemistry Calculus
  Debate Geography Anatomy & Physiology Computer Science
  Speech Sociology Zoology Statistics

 

The above table contains our recommendations for courses that high school students should take in order to obtain a quality ACADEMIC backgroun\
d. The table has three quality levels. In order to satisfy a particular quality level, the courses to the right of the given level should be\
taken along with all those listed above them.

Under the four basic academic groups are listed additional quality courses that may be interchanged with the recommended courses. The more of\
these quality courses that appear on the high school transcript, the more ACADEMICALLY prepared the student will be.