[Curriculum Directors] Math Endorsement and K-2 Integrated Core

Hunt, Patty Patty.Hunt at schools.utah.gov
Thu Dec 4 07:16:46 MST 2008

From: Greenwood, Lynne
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 7:10 AM
To: Hunt, Patty
Subject: FW: Math Endorsement and K-2 Integrated Core

Curriculum Directors,
Thank you again for your input, your desire to support one another as well as the state, and ongoing efforts in behalf of Utah's children.  Below is information regarding the proposed secondary math endorsement from Diana Suddreth.  Also, would you please respond to the following:

1.       Would you like the State to provide a revised K-2 Integrated Core Curriculum?

2.       Would you prefer that all elementary core curricula's were K-6th facilitating the ability of districts to determine their own integration approach?

Please respond to the above and provide any feedback as desired.  We need to move ahead with either a new integrated core for grades K-2 or provide new K-2 core curricula with some of our content areas that currently utilize the integrated core.  Your input in this matter is critical and will determine our next steps.

I hope each of you have a happy and safe holiday.
Lynne Greenwood
Curriculum and Instruction, Director
Utah State Office of Education
lynne.greenwood at schools.utah.gov
fax:  801.538.7769
phone: 801.538.7828

Curriculum Directors:

The proposed secondary mathematics (7-12) endorsement is attached.  Please review this and send your comments to Diana Suddreth (diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov<mailto:diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov> ) with a copy to Lynne Greenwood (lynne.greenwood at schools.utah.gov<mailto:lynne.greenwood at schools.utah.gov>).   If you would like to compare this with the current endorsement, you will find it at http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/cert/Endorsements/docs/endmath.pdf.

As we discussed Tuesday, the major changes are:

1.       Level 2 mathematics endorsed teachers would be able to teach only Math 7 and Pre-algebra.  This is because the algebra core has become more rigorous and would require a higher level of mathematics knowledge than currently contained in the Level 2 endorsements.  (An alternate to limiting what these teachers teach would be requiring them to take Foundations of Algebra.  A course description can be found below.)

2.       A Level 3 mathematics endorsement would require coursework in Mathematics for Elementary Teachers.  This is the math course that digs deeply into understanding number.

3.       A Level 4 mathematics endorsement would require Abstract Algebra as it has in previous years.

Foundations of Algebra (also known as Algebraic Structures):
Foundations of Algebra includes content in logic and set theory, including reasoning and algebraic proof, conceptual development of relations and functions, including set-theoretic based arithmetic and the arithmetic of integer congruence classes, matrices, and polynomials, and may include the concept of algebraic structure, including rings and fields.  Depending on the university this course has a Calculus, Calculus III, and/or Discrete Math prerequisite.

Please note these are secondary endorsements only.  No changes have been made to the elementary mathematics endorsement at this time.

Thank you for your input.

Diana Suddreth, Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
Secondary Mathematics
Title IIA
Utah State Office of Education
250 E. 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov<mailto:diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov>

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