ISBE Transitional Math Curriculum: STEM Pathway

 

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) will be creating Transitional Math STEM Pathway Curriculum for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to share throughout high schools across the state. The Transitional Math program was created for students who were likely to matriculate to a community college to have a 4th year of high school math that will connect to the real world math needed for their future career. There are three distinct Transitional Math Pathways: STEM, Quantitative Literacy/Statistics, and Technical Math. Students who complete an approved Transitional Math Pathway course at the high school level will not be required to take a math placement test at the community college and will be able to begin in a minimum of a 100 level math course. The Quantitative Literacy/Statistics Pathway and the Technical Math Pathway curricula have already been completed by another working group. The project will focus only on the STEM Pathway curriculum.

The STEM pathway consists of 6 Units, focused primarily on real-life applications for functions:

  • Unit 1 - Linear Functions
  • Unit 2 - Polynomials
  • Unit 3 - Rational Functions
  • Unit 4 - Radical Functions
  • Unit 5 - Exponential Functions
  • Unit 6 - Capstone project

Leadership: Angela Rowley, IMSA Director of State and Federal Educator Outreach
IMSA Team: Dr. Storm Robinson, Dr. Kelly Remijan, Patrick Young, Lindsey Herlehy, Marti Shirley, David Hernandez, Peg Steffen, Liz Martinez

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Unit 5: Exponential Functions

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COVID-19 Growth Rate, Patrick Young

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COVID-19 Growth Rate / Teacher Notes, Patrick Young

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Defibrillators and Your Heart / Student Pages, Patrick Young

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Defibrillators and Your Heart / Teacher Notes, Patrick Young

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Lilavathi's Cup, Patrick Young

Unit 6: Capstone Project

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Choose Your Mars Habitat / Teacher Guide, Peg Steffen

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Planning a Trip to Mars / Student Question Worksheet, Peg Steffen

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Planning the Trip to Mars / Teacher Notes, Peg Steffen

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Unit Introduction and Mars Journal / Mars Images, Peg Steffen

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Unit Introduction and Mars Journal / Student Pages, Peg Steffen

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Unit Introduction and Mars Journal / Teacher Notes, Peg Steffen