How are opportunities to review prerequisite knowledge embedded within the program?

Each chapter starts off with Get Ready! This is a brief assessment to determine if students have the prerequisite skills necessary to be successful in the chapter ahead. Students and teachers are referred to previous lessons to remediate the necessary skills. Additionally, to prepare students for the next lesson Get Ready! exercises are provided at the end of each lesson. The Skills Handbook also contains lessons that review prerequisite knowledge.

How does concept development move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract?

Every lesson contains multiple stepped out problems. The lessons begin with concrete skill-based problems that include visual and pictorial representations and move to more abstract problems that require higher level thinking. Several lessons also begin with a Concept Byte that concretely explores a topic through hands-on activities.
Within the Teacher Edition wrap, the teacher is provided with guided questions and tips to move the concept development from the concrete to the abstract.
The practice exercises also move from concrete to abstract with skill-based problems within the Practice section and more abstract problems within Application sections.
Online at the Dynamic Activities concretely develop a concept through digital manipulatives and the animated stepped out problems move students to more abstract thinking.

Are manipulatives, hands-on activities, and active learning used throughout the program?

Concept Bytes actively engage students in the content through exploration of technology, hands-on activities with manipulatives, or challenging extension activities that include games and puzzles. Students are also encouraged to generate and submit student-produced videos to be included on through the Savvas Video Challenge.
Online dynamic activities also provide an interactive way for students to explore lesson concepts through digital manipulatives. Math Tools enable students and teachers to utilize the functionality of tools such as a graphing calculator, algebra tiles, and geometry software.
The Teacher Edition wrap also provides additional examples of hands-on activities to use with tactile learners.

Are graphic organizers included in the lessons where appropriate?

Multiple representations are provided within each lesson and include drawings, charts, graphs, symbols, and physical objects to assist students' understanding of concepts. The Student Companion and ELL Support worksheets both contain a variety of graphic organizers for student use throughout each lesson.
Teachers are provided with explicit instruction on how to incorporate graphic organizers into each lesson within the Lesson Resources section of the Teacher Edition.

Does the program incorporate writing?

Throughout every lesson students are provided with opportunities to justify their solutions in writing and summarize mathematical content through the following types of exercises: Compare and Contrast, Reasoning, Open-Ended, Error Analysis, Writing, Short/Extended Response and Performance Tasks.
Within the Teacher Edition wrap the teacher is provided with Close Questions and Summative Questions that require students to summarize their learning and can be used as journal topics.
The Student Companion also contains problems and lesson check questions that require students to explain and provide justifications in writing.

What differentiated teaching strategies are included to meet the needs of all students (ESE, ESOL, Advanced, At Risk, Gifted, Remedial, Multiple Learning Styles)?

Each lesson offers multiple options for differentiated instruction to reach all students. Within the Teacher Edition, the Lesson Resources section of each lesson contains targeted resources and activities to meet the needs of all students and learning styles. Throughout the lesson, the teacher is also provided with specific strategies for ELL Support, Tactile, Auditory, and Visual Learners.
Within the Student Edition, Think-Write boxes, Know-Need-Plan problems, and graphic organizers support struggling learners. Concept Bytes include hands-on activities for tactile learners.
Teachers can also administer quizzes and tests that are automatically graded, with targeted remediation assigned based on student performance.

Do the assessments include diagnostics and intervention suggestions?

Every lesson contains a Lesson Quiz (available in print or online) that includes a prescription for remediation at three levels: Intervention, On-level, and Extension. Intervention includes Reteaching and English Language Learner Support; On-Level includes Practice, Think about a Plan, and Standardized Test Prep; Extension includes Enrichment, Activities, Games, and Puzzles.
Savvas Success Tracker online assessment system provides instant analysis of student performance. Success Tracker includes built-in lesson level, chapter level, and progress monitoring assessments. Success Tracker diagnoses student success, prescribes automatic remediation, and reports on student and class progress. The remediation provided is in multiple formats: video, tutorial, activity, worksheet, games, and audio.
MathXL® for remediation is offered at the Mid-Chapter Quiz and the Chapter Test in the online environment as unlimited practice and remediation with tutoring and guided assistance.

How is RtI embedded within the program?

Tier 1- Every lesson is supported with differentiated instruction within the Teacher Edition and adaptable homework assignments. The Got It provides instant assessment of understanding. Within the Lesson Check, Do You know HOW? and Do You UNDERSTAND? questions assess how well students can apply the lesson skills.
Tier 2- Lesson Resources in the Teacher’s Edition provide a Lesson Quiz to be used as a tool to differentiate remediation. Resources to meet student needs are listed at point of use. ELL Support contains strategies for adapting instruction and modifying assessments to meet the instructional needs of ELL students. Exam View contains adapted banks with ready-made assessment and practice for struggling students.
Tier 3- Success Tracker, the online progress monitoring and personalized remediation tool, provides instant analysis of student performance. Success Tracker diagnoses student success, prescribes automatic remediation, and reports on student and class progress.
MathXL® for School has embedded algorithmically- generated practice at the mid-chapter quiz and at the chapter test. Courses are also available with exercises aligned to each lessson’s practice with management tools to develop personalized study plans.

How well does the program support teacher professional development?

The beginning of each chapter in the Teacher Edition contains Chapter Specific Math Background and common error analysis. Lesson Specific Math Background can be found in the teacher wrap at the beginning of EVERY lesson. Each lesson the TE wrap provides the teacher with questions to facilitate the Solve it and Guided Instruction to help keep students engaged. Take Note in the TE lesson wrap provides additional suggestions for student engagement and learning.
Free online professional development is available at Instructor-led webinars are available for registration and are offered monthly. Online tutorials on teaching, learning and assessing offer teachers training that will meet their own schedule. These tutorials are available 24 hours a day - 7 days a week.

What additional Progress Monitoring resources are provided?

Progress Monitoring Assessments include:

Formative Assessments

  • Screening Test
  • Benchmark Tests
  • Standardized Practice Tests (ACT and SAT)

Summative Assessments

  • Quarter Tests (two versions)
  • Mid-Course Tests (two versions)
  • Final Test (two versions)