In response to the 6/26/2013 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game,” a LYSer sends in the following (and mandatory) revision to my proactive scheduling plan:
It is always good to think out of the box for scheduling. A couple of hiccups in your science plan, though, due to prerequisite requirements in the TEKS:
Chemistry may only be taken AFTER successful completion of Algebra I. If you move Algebra I to the sophomore year, chemistry has to be a junior course.
Physics can be a freshmen science, as it only requires concurrent Algebra 1, or successful completion of it. If you keep Algebra 1 as a sophomore class, then Physics cannot be a 9th grade class, but could be 10th grade.
That means the only options for 9th grade science under your model would be IPC or Biology (& it’s STAAR test).
The math prerequisites for sciences influence the order.
Thank you for catching the fly in the ointment. But as you point out, the plan still works with a minor adjustment. So here is the revised High School schedule.
Freshman Year English – English III or English IV Mathematics – Geometry Science – IPC Social Studies – World Geography or World History
Sophomore Year English – English I (EOC TEST) Mathematics – Algebra I (EOC TEST) Science – Environmental Science or Physics Social Studies – World Geography or World History
Junior Year English – English II (EOC TEST) Mathematics – Algebra II Science – Biology (EOC TEST) Social Studies – U.S. History (EOC TEST)
Senior Year English – English III or English IV Mathematics – Upper level math or elective Science – Chemistry or Physics or elective Social Studies – Elective
Now look at how the traditional schedule compares against the LYS Proactive Schedule in terms of EOC administration.
|Traditional Schedule||The LYS Proactive Schedule|
|Freshman Year||3 or 4 EOC Tests||0 EOC Test|
|Sophomore Year||1 or 2 EOC Tests||2 EOC Tests|
|Junior Year||0 or 1 EOC Test||3 EOC Tests|
|Senior Year||0 EOC Test||0 EOC Test|
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