# Introduction to Algebra

*Introduction to Algebra* is full year course aimed at preparing California’s low achieving 8th grade students for algebra. This course is designed by experienced middle school teachers who understand the mathematical and pedagogical needs of struggling students. By the end of the course, students will have studied all the topics identified for an Algebra Readiness Program in “Appendix E” of the 2006 California Mathematics Framework; and they will be better prepared for the General Mathematics California Standards Test (General Math CST), the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and algebra. The program was adopted by the state of California in the 2007 California Mathematics Adoption as an algebra readiness program.

*Introduction to Algebra* was developed by the UCLA Math Content Programs for Teachers (MCPT), with significant contributions from university mathematicians, educators with expertise in the teaching of special learners and English learners, an independent evaluator, and feedback from extensive field-testing. Introduction to Algebra targets students who are not ready for algebra. These students typically score far below basic, below basic, or in the low basic range on the 7th Grade California Standards Test.

## Some Special Features of the Program

- Cohesive and coherent design
- Precise mathematical explanations and definitions for teachers and students
- Emphasis on multiple representation (“fourfold way”)
- Student Packets that offer students manageable chunks of materials and a fresh start for success each week
- Appropriate strategies and support that give struggling students full access to the curriculum
- Ample practice that leads to fluency
- Professional development available and strongly encouraged
- Designed by California mathematics educators
- Written by experienced California teachers
- Edited by California university mathematicians
- Piloted in California middle schools
- Supported with professional development by local professional development provide