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A Standards-Based Evaluation

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Background Information

TITLE CORD Algebra 1
Authors: Center for Occupational Research and Development Staff :John Souders, Jr., Director; Michael L. Crawford; Lewis Westbrook; Leno Pedrotti; John Chamberlain.
Publisher: South-Western Educational Publishing
Edition: 1998
Subject Area: Algebra
Grade Level/Format: This textbook is appropriate for grades 6-12. It consists of 12 chapters. The student edition may come as one complete textbook or in two parts, Part A (Chapters 1-6) and Part B (Chapters 7-12).
Time Frame: If used as a one-year basic course, 13-15 days are needed to complete a chapter. If used as a one-year comprehensive course, 13-16 days are needed to complete a chapter. If used over two years, 27-30 days are needed to complete a chapter.
Main Topics:
  • Integers and Vectors
  • Scientific Notation
  • Using Formulas
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Graphing Linear Functions
  • Nonlinear Functions
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Systems of Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Polynomials and Factors
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Right Triangle Relationships
Activities: In a typical chapter, students (1) read objectives and a real-world lesson and view a video showing how mathematical concepts can be applied in different workplace scenarios; (2) engage in activities throughout the lessons in each chapter; (3) apply their knowledge in critical thinking questions, example exercises about the concepts and/or skills, and ongoing assessments; (4) answer lesson assessment problems, which include think and discuss (word problems, usually allowing students to explain and describe), practice and problem solving (calculations - single responses) and a mixed review (a combination of problems from current and previous lessons); (5) apply knowledge through hands-on participation in math lab activities and real-world math application problems; and (6) complete chapter assessments that combine skills, applications, and math lab exercises.
Assessment: Assessments include standardized tests for each chapter, projects, and alternative assessments, which include self-assessment (portfolios) and a performance assessment task. Other types of assessments include ongoing assessments, lesson assessments, which consist of think and discuss, practice and problem solving, and mixed review exercises, and chapter assessments, which consist of skills, applications, and math lab problems.
Cost: Student edition: $43.95 (as a single book)
$23.95 per part (A/B)
Teacher's edition: $49.95 per part (A/B)
CREDIBILITY Following are references for reports on CORD Algebra 1. Please check the web site for further information about additional evaluations and reviews.
NCTM Standards Analysis: American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2000). Algebra textbooks: A standards-based evaluation. Washington, D.C.: Author.


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