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    Priority Learning Standards for 2020-21 School Year

    The scope of content covered in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus for the 2020-21 school year has been reduced to reflect the current changes in instructional models.  The standards in these courses have been focused to address the content requirement for students to successfully enter into their next course in sequence in the following school year.  Content that is not essential was removed to provide extended time with priority standards.

    Algebra 1 Priority Standards 2020-21

    Geometry Priority Standards 2020-21

    Algebra 2 Priority Standards 2020-21

    Precalculus (for AB) Standards 2020-21 for students preparing for AP Calculus AB next school year

    Precalculus (for BC) Standards 2020-21 for students preparing for AP Calculus BC next school year


    Courses and Content

    Seattle’s high school students prepare for college, careers, and life by completing at least three core  mathematics courses, with four years of mathematics being highly recommended. State graduation requires students to complete Algebra 1, Geometry, and a third year of math that aligns to a students high school and beyond plan.  The third year course options can be found in the SPS Math Pathways documents located in the Resources.  Options will include all courses beyond Geometry.

    Precalculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, Bridge to College Math, and IB Mathematics provide additional preparation for college and careers and prepare students for the transition from high school to college-level mathematics.  Algebra 1 through Precalculus are aligned to the Washington State standards (Common Core State Standards) that were adopted in 2012.  These courses are designed to address standards, or parts of standards, in a progression that builds conceptual understanding and connections between content.

    Our high school mathematics program, guided by Washington State standards, provides a balance of:

    • Conceptual Understanding
    • Procedural Proficiency
    • Problem-solving and Processes

    State Mathematics Requirements for Graduation

    Starting with the class of 2013, Washington State requires that students earn AT LEAST THREE credits of math (Algebra 1; Geometry; and Algebra 2 or a rigorous, high school‒level math course that meets the student’s education and career goals identified in the student’s high school and beyond plan).  There are multiple pathways for students to fulfill math credits requirement for graduation which align to their high school and beyond plan.  For a list of state minimum credits to graduate, please refer to the Graduation Toolkit for the student's graduating class.

    Smarter Balanced Math Assessment (SBA) aligns to standards addressed in Algebra 1 and Geometry and will be administered to students starting in the spring of 10th grade.  Meeting graduation standards on the SBA Math AND English Language Arts assessments is one pathway for students to fulfill graduation requirements. Students have an opportunity to retest in the spring of their 11th and 12th grade years.

    Mathematics Instructional Materials

    In 2008, Seattle Public Schools adopted materials published by Kendall Hunt for Algebra 1 through Calculus, and by Pearson Learning for AP Statistics, as shown below.  Schools have hard copies of the textbooks that can be assigned to students each year.

    Students can also access the textbook online through the Flourish platform.  Students will need a class username and password provided by their teacher. The online text has interactive features which enable students to link from pages in the book to practice problems, dynamic explorations, and calculator notes.

    Family Resources

    Click on the links below for a sample of the family resources available online, or go to Kendall Hunt Parent Resources and click on the adopted edition for each course. Online resources include:

    • A Guide for Parents (in English and Spanish)—Brief summary of each chapter, includes tips for working with students, chapter summary exercises and review exercises with complete solutions. (Alg 1 (S)/Geo (S))
    • Condensed Lessons (in English and Spanish)—Detailed explanation of each lesson. These can provide extra help for students, as well as support for adults who want to understand the details of the mathematics. (Alg 1 (S)/Geo (S))

    • More Practice Your Skills—Additional exercises for each lesson for students who want extra practice. (Alg 1/Geo)

    • Calculator Notes, Programs and Data—Helpful information, programs and tips for using calculators during activities. (Alg 1)

    • Dynamic Explorations - Links to online resources that align to the chapter content that families can explore to develop conceptual understanding. (Geo/Alg2/Precal)



    Algebra 1

    Discovering Algebra, 2nd Edition (Kendall Hunt)


    Discovering Geometry, 4th Edition (Kendall Hunt)

    Algebra 2

    Discovering Advanced Algebra, 2nd Edition (Kendall Hunt)


    Precalculus with Trigonometry, 2nd Edition (Kendall Hunt)

    Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC

    Calculus, 1st Edition (Kendall Hunt)

    AP Statistics, and Probability and Statistics

    Stats: Modeling the World (Pearson Learning)


    Online Math Resources