TAMISCAL HIGH SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE AGREEMENT

STUDENT _______________________________________________ COURSE 30070: ALGEBRA P3

I. Student Learning Outcomes
All Tamiscal courses share the purpose of helping the student read, write, speak, and solve problems effectively. All courses within the Mathematics department work toward developing the student’s ability to formulate and answer questions about mathematical concepts, to apply these concepts to problem-solving situations, to use technology including the Graphics Calculator for investigations and to illustrate findings, to develop algebraic and geometric skills, and to expand logical and abstract thinking.

For this course, students will demonstrate proficiencies in the following activities.

II. Activities
Students will complete assignments and assessments in the following topics of mathematics
1) basic concepts of Algebra
2) operations and problem solving techniques concerning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
3) linear sentences
4) integrating problem solving and applications with estimation, functions, and the graphing calculator.

Upon the completion of this course and next semester (Algebra P4), the students will have mastered
1) the language of Algebra
2) graphing in one and two dimensions
3) slopes and other characteristics of lines
4) exponents and powers
5) polynomials
6) systems of equations

With successful completion of the two semesters of Algebra P3/P4 with a C- or higher, the student will have completed one year of the District’s mathematics graduation requirement, the first year algebra requirement for entrance to the University of California, and the District’s prerequisite for Geometry 1 or Geometry 1A.

III. Resources
In addition to the textbook, students are expected to utilize Tamiscal Homepage links, the internet, Electric Library, District and County libraries, CDs, Videos, and relevant media. Students will need to have access to a scientific calculator or a graphing calculator.

IV. Assessments
Assignments for this course will include preparation for meeting District Outcome Assessments. For the purposes of evaluation and grading during the course, the following methods may be used: weekly assignments; projects; laboratory work; written reports; presentations; participation; quizzes and exams. Students will be informed of the grading criteria at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in this course will participate in all required District Assessments. For graduation from the Tamalpais Union High School District, students will demonstrate proficiencies in the STAR test (in Mathematics) and the Mathematics Performance Assessment.

V. Duration
The agreement is effective until the end of the current semester.

VI. Progress Monitoring
Progress will be monitored at weekly meetings; therefore, attendance is required. Missed appointments, tests, and assignments will result in partial course credits and may result in required attendance to Supervised Independent Study (SIS).

Grades and credits will be reported at the quarter and at the end of the semester.
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I accept the terms of this agreement

Student __________________________________________ Date Started _________________

Supervising Teacher ________________________________ Date Completed _______________

Other Staff _______________________________________

Parent __________________________________________

Credits Attempted _____________ Credits Earned _______________ Final Grade_____________