What is AlgeBridge?
Algebridge is an accelerated program for grade 6 students that provides them an opportunity to access Math 7 Honors during the 2023-2024 school year. The goal of this program is to increase student enrollment in (course 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.
2022-2023 School Year
Campuses can design AlgeBridge to be offered during the summer between Grade 6 and Grade 7 Honors. It can also be used as an enrichment for students that already took 6 Honors, but need additional time with the content before going into 7 Honors.
Intercession campuses may implement Algebridge during the instructional days in June 2023.
How do I implement the Algebridge program? First, administrative approval is required on campus before teachers implement the program. Then, parents should be notified and students should be encouraged to accept this opportunity. Intercession campuses may implement Algebridge during the instructional days in June 2023.
What students should participate? This program is for any regular Math 6 student that wants to join the accelerated pathway or if students missed joining the accelerated pathway at the end of grade 5. Math 6 Honors students can also benefit from this program as enrichment.
Is there a day or minute requirement for instruction? The campus has flexibility with the number of days as long as the content is taught and students are proficient to ensure a smooth transition to Math 7 Honors. The program is written for 8 days of instruction with 180 minutes each day. The program can be lengthened if the daily minutes are shortened, if students need more time with the content, or if the campus opts to deliver a pre-test and post-test. Intersession campuses may use their last 5 weeks of the 2022-2023 school year for implementation.
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 cumulative folder. This documentation is required in the event of a TEA audit or if a student transfers to another school or district. Since the report card will not reflect enrollment in 6 Honors, the studen profile sheet is the only proof of completion.
Is there a pre-test or post-test? That is a campus-based 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 quizzes over each section rather than a cumulative exam.
What steps should be taken if a student is not successful in the AlgeBridge program? The teacher, along with the administrator and the parent(s), 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. Students enrolled in Math 6 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.