In districts nationwide, as many as 50% of students fail Algebra I the first time and must repeat it—some more than once. What happens to those who are one or more grade levels behind before they begin Algebra I? Intensified Algebra I is a comprehensive program for an extended-time Algebra class that helps students who are significantly behind become successful in algebra within one academic year. It transforms the teaching of algebra to students who struggle in mathematics.
Intensified Algebra I:
- Targets conceptual understanding, associated skills, and related problem-solving and reasoning capabilities
- Incorporates routines and structures to help struggling learners access and organize their understanding of crucial mathematics content
- Strategically integrates “just-in-time” review and repair strategies
- Supports ongoing, distributed practice within the program’s daily lessons, homeworks, and embedded assessments
- Re-engages learners through multiple representations of mathematical ideas and through in-depth, hands-on exploration tools – animations, simulations, and rich practice problems – that build comprehension of key concepts
- Integrates interventions from social psychology to motivate and develop students’ positive beliefs about their academic abilities
- Encompasses enhanced formative assessment strategies, including online assessments providing useful hints and feedback, and real-time data to inform instruction
- Includes supports for struggling students and for literacy and language development
- Provides teachers with tools for higher-quality class preparation, including lesson plans, teaching advice, and strategies for improving student performance
Learn more about the research base and development history of Intensified Algebra I.