What is AlgeBridge?
Algebridge is an accelerated program for grade 6 students that provides them an opportunity to access Math 7 Honors during the 2021-2022 school year. The goal of this program is to increase student enrollment in (2555) Grade 8 Algebra 1. Studies show that when students take Algebra 1 in middle school, students have access to more advanced math courses in high school which leads to an increase in high school and college completion rates, and better access to STEM careers.
2020-2021 School Year
Due to calendar adjustments, AlgeBridge can be offered to grade 6 math students during the 6th Six Weeks as reflected in the Grade 6 Algebridge Instructional Planning Calendar.
How do I implement the Algebridge program? First, adminstrator approval is required before teachers implement the program. Administrators will have an information meeting on April 20, 2021. Then, parents should be notified and students should be encouraged to accept this opportunity. Teachers will have a implementation training on April 27, 2021.
What students should participate? This program is for any regular Math 6 student that wants to join the accelerated pathway for math or they missed joining the accelerated pathway at the end of grade 5.
Is there a day or minute requirement for instruction? The campus has flexibility with the amount of days as long as the content is taught and students are proficient to ensure a smooth transition to Math 7 Honors.
What do I do with the student profile sheet when the program is over? Give one copy to the student and put one copy in the student's cummulative folder. This documentation is required in the event of a TEA audit.
Is there a pre-test or post-test? That is a campus decision. If a campus administers a pre-test and/or post-test the scores can be written on the student profile sheet. You may elect to give quizes over each section rather than a cummulative exam.
What action steps should be taken if a student is not successful in the AlgeBridge program? The teacher, along with the administrator and the parent, should make the decision whether or not to advance the student. Keep in mind the student's success in grade 7 Honors may be impacted negatively by advancing the student without AlgeBridge proficiency.
How do I grade student work? You may take grades during the AlgeBridge program to record on the student profile sheet. Grades on grade 7 content may not be used on official report cards. Since students are enrolled in Math 6 they can only receive grades from the Math 6 content on their report card. Since the AlgeBridge program is 7th grade content, no grades from the AlgeBridge program can be used on the students' report cards.
Reference Materials and Documents
Campus Leadership Informtional Session: April 14, 2021 (Zoom link in WAIP dated April 1)
Teacher PD: April 27, 2021 (Register for "6th SWAG: Algebridge" in Cornerstone)
20-21 Pacing Guide/IPC: http://bit.ly/AlgeBridge20-21
Parent Letter (copy and revise as needed): http://bit.ly/AlgeBridgeLetter