Kentucky Mathematics Pathways for Secondary Education

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7-21-16 MATH Pathways GraphicsThe excerpt below is from the minimum requirements for high school graduation regulation 704 KAR 3:305 and focuses on the minimum requirements for mathematics.

(3) Mathematics – three (3) credits to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for mathematics and include the following minimum requirements:

(a) Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. An integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, occupational, or technical course that prepares a student for a career path based on the student’s individual learning plan may be substituted for a traditional Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II course on an individual student basis if the course meets the content standards in the Kentucky core academic standards, incorporated by reference in 704 KAR 3:303;

(b) A mathematics course or its equivalent as determined by the district shall be taken each year of high school to ensure readiness for postsecondary education or the workforce;

(c) Any mathematics course other than Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II shall be counted as an elective; and

(d) If a student does not meet the college readiness benchmarks for mathematics as established by the Council on Postsecondary Education in 13 KAR 2:020, the student shall take a mathematics transitional course or intervention, which is monitored to address remediation needs, before exiting high school;

The regulation 704 KAR 3:305 section 2 (3)(b) states, “A mathematics course or its equivalent as determined by the district shall be taken each year of high school to ensure readiness for postsecondary education or the workforce”; therefore the Kentucky Department of Education does not maintain a list of “approved” courses for the 4th year of mathematics, as these courses can be determined by the district. However, it is important to note that Section 2 (8) of this same regulation requires “Academic and career interest standards-based learning experiences – seven (7) credits including four (4) standards-based learning experiences in an academic or career interest based on the student’s individual learning plan.” Therefore, mathematics courses taken as electives should have the consideration of the student’s individual learning plan to ensure readiness for postsecondary education or the workforce.

Further, the regulation states in (3)(d), “If a student does not meet the college readiness benchmarks for mathematics as established by the Council on Postsecondary Education in 13 KAR 2:020, the student shall take a mathematics transitional course or intervention, which is monitored to address remediation needs, before exiting high school.” So, a fourth mathematics course could be a transitional or college/career ready math course to meet this requirement.

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