Success in the Middle Preparing Your Student for the Next Level Some Definitions



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Success in the Middle

  • Preparing Your Student
  • for the Next Level

Some Definitions

  • Approved Courses: Approved courses are courses based on the concepts and skills included in the state-adopted curriculum for grades 9-12 and approved by the Georgia Department of Education for equivalency credit and funding.
  • Course: A course is instruction for which credit is awarded.
  • Credit: Carnegie units earned and applied to high school graduation and credit hours earned toward the completion of a postsecondary program of study.
  • *****1 Class equals 1 Credit*****
  • Equivalency:  Equivalency refers to the number of postsecondary credit hours or courses needed to equal one Carnegie unit.

The New Georgia Graduation Rule

  • Begins with the 2008-2009 Freshman Class
  • Changes to the graduation rule were made to adhere to the Georgia Performance Standards
  • The Old System had 4 tiers
  • (College Prep, Cp w/ distinction, Technology & Career and TC w/ distinction)
  • The New system has 1 set of requirements

Graduation Requirements

  • 4 Units of English
  • 4 Units of Science
  • 4 Units of Mathematics
  • 3 Units of Social Studies
  • At least 3 Units of Career/Technology and/or Foreign Language and/or Fine Arts
  • At least 4 additional Electives
  • *****Foreign Language is not required for Graduation BUT is required for acceptance into a 4 year College or University*****

Georgia High School Graduation Test

  • English/Language Arts:
  • Reading/Literature (47-49%)
  • Critical Thinking (37-39%)
  • Writing/Usage/Grammar (14-16%)
  • Mathematics:
  • Number & Computation (17-19%)
  • Data Analysis (19-21%)
  • Measurement & Geometry (32-34%)
  • Algebra (28-30%)
  • Science:
  • Process/Research Skills (30-32%)
  • Physical Science (33-35%)
  • Biology (33-35%)
  • Social Studies:
  • World Studies (18-20%)
  • U.S. History to 1865 (18-20%)
  • U.S. History Since 1865 (18-20%)
  • Civics/Citizenship (12-14%)
  • Map & Globe Skills (15%)
  • Information Processing Skills (15%)
  • Writing:
  • Students must write a persuasive essay on an assigned topic. The essay is judged on four qualities or domains of effective writing: content/organization, style, conventions of written language, and sentence formation.

End of Course Tests (EOCT)

New HS Course Information

  • Math Support Class
  • In addition to the New Math Course (Math I, II, & III) there is a Support Class that runs parallel with Math I & II.

What can be expected in high school? (from National Middle School Association)

So…How do we help with the Transition?

  • …be VERY involved in the decisions being made about classes, etc
  • Create long term goals and a steps to achieve them
  • Continue the involvement through out high school. This is not the time to pull back…
  • Create good Study Habits and learn to juggle overlapping and multiple assignments
  • Ask and what support services the high school offers

After High School

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • The new SAT, consist of the following:
  • Writing (new section)
  • - Multiple-Choice questions (grammar and usage)
  • - Student written essay
  • Critical Reading (currently called verbal)
  • - Analogies eliminated
  • - Short reading passages added to existing long reading passages
  • Math
  • - Math content expanded to include topics from third-year college
  • preparatory math. (Algebra II)
  • - Quantitative comparisons eliminated
  • For more information on the SAT , go to www.collegeboard.org

ACT (American College Test)

  • The new SAT, consist of the following:
  • Writing (new section)
  • - Multiple-Choice questions (grammar and usage)
  • - Student written essay
  • Critical Reading (currently called verbal)
  • - Analogies eliminated
  • - Short reading passages added to existing long reading passages
  • Math
  • - Math content expanded to include topics from third-year college
  • preparatory math. (Algebra II)
  • - Quantitative comparisons eliminated
  • For more information on the SAT , go to www.collegeboard.org

College Freshman Profile

  • The profile of freshmen at any college USA:
  • - at least a "B+" average in all academic subjects (additional weight is assigned to Honors, Dual Enrollment, AICE, AP, and IB coursework) and test scores of at least 24 (composite) on the ACT or 1100 (critical reading plus math) on the SAT.

Resources

  • www.cobbk12.org
  • www.GAcollege411.org
  • Mapping-your-future.org


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