Intensified Algebra I is a comprehensive, extended-period course that is designed to help students who are one to two years behind in mathematics re-engage as motivated learners and succeed in Algebra I within a single academic year.
In districts nationwide, as many as 50% of students fail Algebra I the first time and must repeat it—some more than once. These struggling students often end up behind in gaining needed requirements for graduation and college, and are at greater risk of dropping out.
Central to the Intensified Algebra I program is the idea that struggling students need a powerful combination of additional time; a challenging curriculum; and cohesive, targeted supports and interventions. With these tools and teaching supports in place, students can stay on track, graduate on time, and gain passage to advanced learning.
Intensified Algebra I integrates a comprehensive course curriculum with interventions from social psychology to motivate and develop students’ positive beliefs about their academic abilities.
Intensified Algebra I delivers:
New and experienced teachers benefit from comprehensive support:
Many of the core concepts of our Academic Youth Development program are also integrated within Agile Mind Intensified Algebra I. This groundbreaking program melds best practices in algebra instruction with advances in developmental and social psychology and in research on struggling learners to shape students’ engagement, confidence, and commitment to challenging academic programs. Students are motivated. Teachers are energized. And parents see in their children a future where anything is possible.
Learn more about the Academic Youth Development ideas found in Intensified Algebra I.
Developed through a deep collaboration of the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Agile Mind, and leading educators throughout the country, Intensified Algebra I is funded with support from the National Science Foundation, the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, in rural Central Texas, serves 3,265 students, of which 59% are classified as economically disadvantaged. For the 2012-13 school year, two teachers in Burnet CISD implemented the Intensified Algebra program with their 8th grade students.
After reviewing End-of-Course (EOC) results, it was found that 100% of 8th grade students enrolled in Intensified Algebra passed versus only 79.6% of the high school students. Even more notably, more than twice as many Intensified Algebra middle school students performed at the commended level compared to the high school Algebra I students. Want to see more results?
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