Bend-La Pine students are required to earn three credits of high school math based on the 2021 Oregon Mathematics Standards to earn an Oregon Diploma. A common option has been completion of a sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II (AGA). The traditional AGA sequence often does not take into account advances in such fields as computer science, data science, and mathematical modeling.
Oregon’s experience in mathematics is consistent with what is happening across the nation. In many career sectors, the demands of the 21st century workplace have shifted away from a focus on knowledge of mathematical concepts and procedures toward the application of mathematical tools, the modeling process, and communicating with mathematical reasoning. A number of national reports call for a change in high school mathematics. To help facilitate this change, Oregon educators and leaders have revised the 2021 Oregon Mathematics Standards to create the conditions for a two-credit high school CORE Math experience for all students, followed by a third-credit course option designed to align with students’ post secondary plans.
The 2+1 Model for high school mathematics breaks from the tradition of a single sequence of high school math courses to a two-credit CORE of high school mathematics followed by at least one credit that addresses student future education and career aspirations
The purpose of these CORE Math courses is to give high school students a solid understanding of Algebra, Geometry and Data Literacy such that students can choose a third course on a pathway (Mathways 2 +1) that supports their post secondary plans. Bend-La Pine Schools is committed to implementing these adopted state standards for math. Examples of the 2+1 Math Pathway options look like this:
The required High School CORE Math courses are Math 1 and Math 2. We are currently in curriculum adoption years which means by the end of 2024 we will have implemented a new textbook for CORE HS Math with associated training. Click on the text books currently being used to learn more about the scope and sequence of each of the present courses.
Teacher teams from across the district are working together to prioritize the current adopted math standards for each required course. While these standards are not exhaustive, all students will have instruction on each of these priority standards for each course. In the AP, IB or Dual-Credit College versions of these courses, the additional standards and textbooks may be required.