NROC Math

Algebra 1 — An Open Course

NROC’s Algebra 1 course is designed to be used with first-time algebra students at a broad range of ability levels, from remedial to advanced. The content is correlated to all US state algebra frameworks and The Common Core. This course can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or as a supplement to any algebra textbook.

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A Portfolio of Learning

Designed to be a flexible, learner-centered experience, this two-semester course integrates a broad range of pedagogical approaches designed to open the door to mathematics concepts and procedures, mathematical reasoning and critical thinking. Students work through activities in the sequence that leverages their own successful learning strategies while building 21st century skills. The learning object architecture allows institutions and instructors to adapt the content to meet the needs of different programs and learners. Download a PDF of the pedagogical approach.



Contents

This two semester course is comprised of 12 units, 25 lessons and 68 modular topics. Download a full Table of Contents.

Algebra 1—An Open Course (Semester 1)

  • Unit 1: The Language of Algebra
  • Unit 2: Solve Linear Equations
  • Unit 3: Functions and Patterns
  • Unit 4: Analyze and Graph Linear Equations, Functions and Relations
  • Unit 5: Analyze, Solve, and Graph Linear Inequalities
  • Unit 6: Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

Algebra 1—An Open Course (Semester 2)

  • Unit 7: Radical Expressions
  • Unit 8: Polynomials
  • Unit 9: Factoring
  • Unit 10: Quadratic Functions
  • Unit 11: Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Unit 12: Extensions and Applications

This project made possible with the financial support of:

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Sustaining Members of The NROC Project

 

Contributors

Special thanks to the students, instructors and administrators from the following institutions who have participated in focus groups, early pilots* or contributed subject matter expertise in the development of this project. Download the full list of credits/contributors.

  • Antioch High School
  • Baltimore County School District
  • Bay Port High School
  • Cecil County School District
  • Charlotte Public Schools
  • City of Angels Schools
  • Denver School of Science and Technology
  • Digital Harbor High School
  • Grosse Pointe Public Schools
  • *Idaho Digital Learning Academy
  • *Illinois Virtual School
  • *Iowa AEA Consortium
  • *Kentucky Virtual High School
  • Lansing Public Schools
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Lowell High School
  • Maple Valley Public Schools
  • Maryland Virtual School
  • *Michigan Virtual School
  • *Minneapolis Public Schools
  • *Montana Digital Academy
  • Omaha Public Schools
  • *Open High School of Utah
  • *Oregon Trails School District
  • *Placer Union High School District
  • Roosevelt High School
  • *Santa Cruz City Schools
  • *Sierra Vista High School
  • *South Carolina Virtual School
  • Southgate High School
  • University High School
  • Williamston High School

NROC's web-based curriculum was ideal to support the self-paced, hybrid design of Sierra Vista's high school continuation program.

Placer Alternative School used NROC to supplement the teacher's lecture in a special program for students with learning challenges.

Montana Digital Academy endeavored to create a transformational learning experience for online Algebra students.

Traditional students at Bay Port High School in both blended and online environments appreciated the ability to go at their own pace.

Mountain Heights Academy uses the Algebra 1 program as the foundation of a more robust, assessment-driven course.

Culver City Adult School used NROC's Algebra 1 -- An Open Course to serve students in two different class formats - one in a blended format and the other in a fully online format for an accelerated course experience.

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  • Sierra Vista High School -- Whittier Union High School District, CANROC's web-based curriculum was ideal to support the self-paced, hybrid design of Sierra Vista's high school continuation program.... read more
  • Placer Alternative Program -- Placer Union High School District, CAPlacer Alternative School used NROC to supplement the teacher's lecture in a special program for students with learning challenges.... read more
  • Montana Digital Academy -- State Virtual SchoolMontana Digital Academy endeavored to create a transformational learning experience for online Algebra students.... read more
  • Bay Port High School -- Howard-Suamico School District, WITraditional students at Bay Port High School in both blended and online environments appreciated the ability to go at their own pace.... read more
  • Mountain Heights Academy -- Online Charter SchoolMountain Heights Academy uses the Algebra 1 program as the foundation of a more robust, assessment-driven course.... read more
  • Culver City Adult School -- Culver City Unified School District, CACulver City Adult School used NROC's Algebra 1 -- An Open Course to serve students in two different class formats - one in a blended format and the other in a fully online format for an accelerated course experience.... read more
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    Algebra 1 — An Open Course:
    Pilot Profile and Case Study

    Sierra Vista High School — Whittier Union High School District, CA

    District Statistics

    District Enrollment: 13,670 LMS and LOR: Moodle http://www.wuhsd.org/domain/704 Contact: Carrie Bisgard, Math Chair, Sierra Vista High School

    Pilot Details

    Number of Students: 20 Teachers Online Experience: 1 year Launch Date: October 2010

    Tagged with:

    Alternative EducationBlended/Hybrid LearningClassroom-Based InstructionCredit RecoveryOpen Enrollment

    Sierra Vista High School is a year-round, open enrollment high school offering both continuation and independent study programs to students within the Whittier Union High School District. Approximately 84 percent of Sierra Vista students are Hispanic/Latino, and 62 percent are identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged. The majority of the students are in grades 11-12, with many 5th year seniors working to finish their high school degrees.

    Sierra Vista was the first to begin piloting the Algebra 1—An Open Course in October 2010. The curriculum was ideal for the self-paced, blended course being designed as an alternative to traditional classroom instruction.

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    Algebra 1 — An Open Course:
    Pilot Profile and Case Study

    Placer Alternative Program — Placer Union High School District, CA

    District Statistics

    District Enrollment: 4,511 LMS and LOR: Moodle http://www.puhsdonline.org Contact: Beth Islip, Math Teacher

    Pilot Details

    Number of Students: 20 Teacher Online Experience: 2 years Launch Date: January 2011

    Tagged with:

    Alternative EducationBlended/Hybrid LearningCredit RecoveryTeam Problem-SolvingTechnology Classroom

    Teacher Beth Islip shares some of her perspectives in this short video.

    Placer Union High School District found NROC’s Algebra 1–An Open Course to be a helpful resource for struggling students in a special Alternative Program. About half of the students in the pilot section had previously failed algebra, some as many as three or four times. Many of the students found working on the computer a welcome alternative to the traditional classroom setting. The class used a blended format that combined access to online curriculum with face-to-face instruction.

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    Algebra 1 — An Open Course:
    Pilot Profile and Case Study

    Montana Digital Academy — State Virtual School

    Program Statistics

    School Enrollment: Estimated 5,700 in 2011-12 LMS and LOR: Moodle http://montanadigitalacademy.org Contact: Jason Neiffer, Curriculum Director

    Pilot Details

    Number of Students: 49 students in two fall 2011 sections; 43 students in two spring 2012 sections Teacher Online Experience: 1-2 years Course Type: Fully online, supplemental
    Tagged with:

    Asynchronous LearningCourse CustomizationFlexible StructureIndividualizationOnline Teacher-Led

    Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) is a state virtual school that works with districts across the state to expand educational options by offering a mix of core and elective online supplemental courses.

    MTDA administrators and teachers were excited to pilot Algebra 1–An Open Course because the course aligned well with traditional algebra courses taught in Montana high schools, as well as with the Montana Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice and Content.

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    Algebra 1 — An Open Course:
    Pilot Profile and Case Study

    Bay Port High School — Howard-Suamico School District, WI

    District Statistics

    District Enrollment: 5653 LMS and LOR: Moodle http://bayport.hssd.k12.wi.us Contact: Mary Kasprzyk, Math Teacher

    Pilot Details

    Number of Students: 23 in standard class, 23 in accelerated class Teacher Online Experience: 1 year Launch Date: January 2011

    Tagged with:

    Accelerated CourseBlended/Hybrid LearningClassroom-Based InstructionCompetency-based LearningSelf-pacedTraditional Public High School

    Bay Port High School is part of the Howard-Suamico School District in Green Bay, WI.Over   90% of Bay Port graduates go on to some type of post-secondary education.

    In 2011, Bay Port ran two pilot sections using NROC’s Algebra 1–An Open Course – one competency-based accelerated class and one standard class. Both classes were held in a computer lab, allowing students to work at their own pace.

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    Algebra 1 — An Open Course:
    Pilot Profile and Case Study

    Mountain Heights Academy — Online Charter School

    Program Statistics

    School Enrollment: 350 full-time, and 50 supplemental course enrollments
    LMS and LOR: MoodleRooms
    http://www.mountainheightsacademy.org/
    Contact: DeLaina Tonks, Director

    Pilot Details

    Number of Students: 68
    Teacher Online Experience: Nine years in a traditional classroom; one year teaching online
    Course Type: Fully online; full-time and supplemental students
    Terms in Use: Algebra 1 piloted over two semesters in 2011-12; customized for the 2012-13 school year

    Tagged with:

    Asynchronous LearningCourse CustomizationCredit RecoveryIndividualizationOnline Teacher-Led

    Mountain Heights Academy (formerly Open High School of Utah) chooses its open educational resources carefully. Although their students were performing slightly above state math test averages with their original online algebra course, the administrative team of Director DeLaina Tonks and Curriculum Director Sarah Weston participated in the NROC pilot of Algebra 1 – An Open Course because they wanted a more robust, assessment-driven course.

    The pilot course was offered to students in grades 9-12, some of whom were taking algebra for the first time and others who were taking the course for credit recovery. Sixty-four of the students were full-time online students, and four students were taking the course as a supplement to their brick-and-mortar classes; these were first-time online students.

    Watch Mountain Heights Academy math instructor Annie Swinton’s Ignite! session video to learn about how they adopted NROC math resources for the Common Core.

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    Algebra 1 — An Open Course:
    Pilot Profile and Case Study

    Culver City Adult School — Culver City Unified School District, CA

    District Statistics

    District Enrollment: 6,801 LMS and LOR: Moodle http://www.ccsud.org/adultschool Contact: Leila Rosemberg, GED Coordinator and Math Teacher

    Pilot Details

    Number of Students: 25 in two formats Teacher Online Experience: 3 years Launch Date: January 2011

    Tagged with:

    Accelerated CourseAdult Education / GEDAlternative EducationBlended/Hybrid LearningIndividualizationOnline Teacher-Led

    Culver City Adult School serves over 4000 students annually with GED, Adult Basic Education, ESL, Independent Learning and other high school diploma classes. Students have varied levels of education, language and computer skills.

    Culver City Adult School used NROC’s Algebra 1–An Open Course as a primary resource to serve a total of 25 students in two different class formats—one class worked in a blended format and the other worked in a fully online format for an accelerated course experience.

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    Professional Development resources for NROC Algebra 1 include both printed instructor guides and video overviews for each unit of the course. You may register to review samples within the full course preview.

     

    Here is the overview of the course:

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