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BioShucks
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So my student was switched into common core math in 8th grade.

8th grade: Math 8 (Common Core)

9th grade: Integrated Math 1

10th grade: Integrated Math 2+ Block (which means it took 2 class periods all year long)

11th grade: Integrated Math 3+ Block

12th: he will take AP Calc A/B

So how would this calculate for Cal Poly SLO's desired 10 semesters of Math for the rigor category? (He got A's all the way through Math and currently has a total GPA of 4.67.) Surely, the state of California has millions of students facing this same quandary this year and Cal Poly has figured this out, right? Right? *small voice* Right?

8th grade: Math 8 (Common Core)

9th grade: Integrated Math 1

10th grade: Integrated Math 2+ Block (which means it took 2 class periods all year long)

11th grade: Integrated Math 3+ Block

12th: he will take AP Calc A/B

So how would this calculate for Cal Poly SLO's desired 10 semesters of Math for the rigor category? (He got A's all the way through Math and currently has a total GPA of 4.67.) Surely, the state of California has millions of students facing this same quandary this year and Cal Poly has figured this out, right? Right? *small voice* Right?

## Replies to: CalPoly SLO and Common Core Math

61,598Senior MemberUsually, integrated math 1 + 2 + 3 = algebra 1 + geometry + algebra 2 in the traditional sequence. Does "block" add the trigonometry and precalculus material that normally comes after either of the integrated math or traditional sequence before the student takes calculus?

11New Member1,757Senior MemberA student who took A1, Geo, A2, Pre calc, Calc with no honors at all gets the full 10 semester rigor score.

61,598Senior MemberRegarding UC-designated honors courses, it is typical for high school labeled honors courses below precalculus and trigonometry ("advanced mathematics")

notto have the UC honors designation.For reference, here are the typical high school math courses, normally one year each:

Traditional sequence:

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2

Advanced mathematics (precalculus and trigonometry)

Calculus

Integrated math sequence:

Mathematics I

Mathematics II

Mathematics III

Advanced mathematics (precalculus and trigonometry)

Calculus

Note that both types of sequences existed before Common Core, and both types of sequences exist in high schools using Common Core based curricula. Some high schools apparently switched to the integrated math sequence about the same time that they switched to Common Core based curricula, leading some to think that the integrated math sequence is a feature of Common Core.

1,757Senior Member11New MemberSo I looked more carefully at the High School Class Catalog and the Course Description submitted by the district. His junior year math called "Integrated Math 3+ Block" DOES have the checkbox checked "seeking Honors designation" (although I'm reading above from u/VickiSoCal "Honors" doesn't count for rigor; thanks for that observation). Here's the course description:

"This course is the second course in a two-course sequence that is designed to condense three years

of mathematical knowledge into a two-year span, allowing students to be prepared to take Calculus

during their senior year. It is designed using the Common Core State Standards for Integrated Math 3

and Pre-Calculus. This A-G mathematics course will provide 10 credits toward graduation. Students

will learn through collaboration, data gathering, experimentation, and conjectures. Technology will

also play an important role in learning, to collect and model data, to make conjectures about the

data, and to develop a robust understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice."

It seems that if you are put into the common core track, your pre-calc and trig will be spread over Math 2+ and 3+, but these courses aren't designated as "Advanced Math" in any way that I can tell. I'm wondering if CalPolySLO will be able to tell whether it was Advanced. It would be a bummer to not get credit since he did take it (and got A's too, I don't want to discount his hard work!) And... since he took 2 periods of Integrated Math+ in 10th grade and in 11th grade, will he get credit for the full 10 semesters Mathematics? Because I'm concerned Math 8 won't count toward the 10 desired semesters.

Wow this is intense. But... but... but... this school is so well-respected.... and reasonably priced.... and near our home and incredibly beautiful...

61,598Senior MemberHow many semester grades will he get for all of the math courses?

1,757Senior Member11New MemberAs far as "how many semester grades will he get", his transcript shows

Year/Semester Course Grade Units UC/CSU Course Listing designation

2014-15 1st semester INTEG MATH 1 A 5.00 Mathematics I

2nd semester INTEG MATH 1 A 5.00 Mathematics I

2015-16 1st semester INTEG MATH 2+ BLK A 10.00 Mathematics II

2nd semester INTEG MATH 2+ BLK A 10.00 Mathematics II

2016-17 1st semester INTEG MATH 3+ BLK A 10.00 Mathematics III

2nd semester INTEG MATH 3+ BLK A 10.00 Mathematics III

and then of course next year

2017-18 1st semester AP CALC A/B 5.00 Calculus

2nd semester AP CALC A/B 5.00 Calculus

So that's 8 semesters, but the Math2 and Math3 are worth 10 units each instead of the regular 5 so I don't know if I can enter that on CalPoly's application website or if they will notice the extra work on their own.

3,651Senior Member61,598Senior MemberYou may want to ask CPSLO directly how the double credit math courses are counted.

3,651Senior Member11New Member11New Member18,430Senior Member