Mr. Anthony J. Gugliotta, Jr., Supervisor
Dr. Manjit Sran, Department Chairperson, Grades 8-12
Carol Smith, Secretary
All children in East Brunswick Public Schools participate in a rigorous standards-based mathematics program. Mathematics instruction at all grade levels includes a balanced approach, with conceptual understanding intertwined with fact fluency and problem solving skills.
All curricula are aligned with the Standards for Curriculum and Evaluation developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. A hands-on, activities-based curriculum is used in all the elementary schools, along with manipulative materials that help children develop strong conceptual knowledge and provide them with concrete illustrations of the skills they are learning. Students at the elementary have fact fluency benchmarks established by quarter. The curriculum includes many problem-solving experiences.
During grades six and seven, students transition to pre-high school mathematics starting with sixth grade math. Some sixth-graders are placed in Math Prime, an advanced course. To be placed in Math Prime, a student must accumulate the required number of placement points based upon his or her results on the Grade 5 Test of Cognitive Ability, the PARCC Math Grade 5 assessment, the Math 5 Mid-Year Assessment, the Math 5 End-of-Year Assessment and their Math 5 Problem Solving average.
The study of pre-algebra then follows in seventh grade. Some students qualify for Algebra I in seventh grade. To be placed in Algebra I in grade 7, a student must accumulate the required number of placement points based upon their results on the PARCC Math Grade 6 assessment, their Grade 5 Test of Cognitive Ability, their sixth grade End-of-Year Assessment, the Algebra Aptitude test, and their overall average in their sixth grade math course.
In grade 8, students who were placed in Algebra I in grade 7 will move into Honors Geometry with Trigonometry. Students who were enrolled in Pre-algebra in grade 7 will take either Algebra I or Honors Algebra I. To be placed in Honors Algebra I in grade 8, a student must accumulate the required number of placement points based upon their results on the PARCC Math Grade 7 assessment, their Pre-algebra Mid-Year Assessment, their Pre-algebra End-of-Year Assessment, the Algebra Aptitude test, and their overall average in Pre-algebra.
At all grade levels, students who fall below district and state standards receive support through the basic skills improvement program, which is designed to help them become better prepared for success in mathematics.
In grades nine through twelve, there is a broad range of courses. As required for graduation by the State of New Jersey, all students complete Algebra and Geometry and a third year of mathematics. Most students at East Brunswick High School choose to take Algebra II as their third year of mathematics. Over 96% of all seniors take a fourth year of mathematics as an elective. Sixty-five percent of seniors complete college level mathematics. For extremely well qualified students, there are opportunities at the high school level to take more than one math course in the same year, allowing interested students to complete five or six years of mathematics, up through Honors Calculus III. Also available are AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics, as well as Honors Calculus I & II and Honors Statistics which are offered in conjunction with Middlesex County College.
All students in grades 2, 6 and 7 complete the iReady diagnostic screening tool three times a year (October, February and May). The iReady Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit a student’s performance. Its purpose is not to give a score or grade but instead to help determine targeted academic goals for each student. Students requiring additional support may also use iReady Instruction so the student can practice targeted skills at an appropriate pace.