Tennessee School for the Deaf - Knoxville
The High School Math Department

Welcome to the Tennessee School for the Deaf High School Mathematics Department. Our goal is encourage real-world awareness and application by celebrating the history of math and the many ways we all use math in our daily lives. Our students benefit from high expectations in academics and increased instructional rigor. Individualized instructional opportunities are made possible by low student/teacher ratios and direct instruction through the student’s preferred mode of communication. The variety of academic experiences offered by the high school math department at TSD provides students with a solid foundation in preparation to meet their individual post-secondary goals. Our students go on to earn degrees from a four year college or university, community college, college of applied technology, or gainful employment.

Tennessee's State Mathematics Standards

Tennessee School for the Deaf uses Tennessee's State Mathematics Standards for grades K-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Tennessee Senior Bridge Mathematics, and other higher level math courses. These standards set high expectations for all students to ensure that Tennessee graduates are prepared for the rigorous demands of mathematical understanding needed for college and career success.

The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are an important component of the mathematics standards for each course, 9-12. The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe the varieties of expertise, habits of minds, and productive dispositions that educators seek to develop in all students.

See more at: https://www.tn.gov/education/article/mathematics-standards

Requirements for High School

The Tennessee State Board of Education (SBE) sets the requirements for high school graduation. Per SBE Rule, students must achieve at least four high school level credits of math (one per year) in order to graduate with a high school diploma.

The TSD High School math program is designed to equip students with the knowledge needed to satisfy academic requirements for a regular high school diploma. The students will complete a program of study by following a proposed course sequence throughout high school. Depending on their established career goal, TSD graduates will be eligible to enroll in a traditional four year university; community college transfer, two year degree, or certificate program; or college of applied technology. The IEP Determined Pathway, with its own modified course sequence, allows students the flexibility to enroll in additional Career Technical Education and/or Work-Based Learning elective courses based on their desired employment or post-secondary training goals. Upon graduation, students completing the IEP Determined Pathway will be eligible to receive a Tennessee Special Education Diploma and/or Occupational Diploma. Choosing into which pathway students are placed is an IEP Team decision, taking into account individual students’ post-secondary goals; academic and career assessment results; and parent and teacher input.

See more at: https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/graduation-requirements

Instructional Curriculum

The TSD High School mathematics department adopted the Pearson/Prentice Hall curriculum for Algebra I Foundations, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Tennessee Senior Bridge Math. Students can access their textbook on-line, take quizzes, practice for tests, and complete assignments using Pearson Success Net.

Student log-in: www.pearsonsuccessnet.com

Mathematics courses under the Career Readiness Pathway supplement classroom instruction with the Attainment Curriculum and Unique Learning Systems.

See more on Unique Learning Systems at: https://www.n2y.com/products/unique


TNReady is Tennessee’s new and improved TCAP test for math in grades 3-11. The TNReady TCAP will provide all of us – educators, parents, and students – with better information about our students’ progress toward college and career readiness. Students in the high school at TSD participate in Algebra I, Geometry (coming 2016-17), and Algebra II TNReady assessments in the winter and spring of each school year.

See more at: https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/tnready

Parent Guide to TNReady: http://tennessee.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/tnready_parent_guide.pdf

Practice Tools: http://tennessee.gov/education/article/tnready-practice-tools

Sample Test Questions: http://tennessee.gov/education/article/tnready-sample-test-questions

Multi-State Alternative Assessment

Based on the IEP Team decision, eligible students will participate the Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA), formerly known as the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), in lieu of the TNReady battery of tests. The MSAA is administered to qualified students in their junior or third year of high school.

For more information on MSAA, including parent tips, tools, and sample items:



Measures of Academic Progress

Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring student progress and growth for each individual. On the mathematics portion of the test, students' progress is measured between four math "strands": operations and algebraic thinking; the real and complex number system; geometry; and statistics and probability. High school students grades 9-11 participate in this assessment in the fall, winter, and spring of each school year.

See more at: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/

American College Test

Most juniors and/or seniors in Tennessee public schools are required to take the American College Test (ACT) before graduation. Students who qualify for the MSAA are exempt from taking the ACT. The ACT® is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science. High school juniors at TSD take the ACT in the winter of each school year.

ACT Prep Resources
The ACT released a newly designed ACT Online Prep tool in December. Students who qualify for an ACT fee waiver and register for a national ACT test date will receive a free, one-year subscription for this prep tool. Eligible students who register online using a fee waiver will automatically receive ACT Online Prep in their ACT accounts, and those who register by phone or mail will receive an email with subscription details.

ACT Sample Test Questions for Math: http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/math/math_01.html

ACT Question of the Day: http://www.act.org/qotd/

Free ACT practice:

Supplemental Resources
FASTT Math Next Generation

FASTT Math delivers a personalized learning path for each student, driven by ongoing formative assessment. Every student has a unique experience, building math fact fluency at the pace and level adapted specifically for that student.

Student log-in: http://tinyurl.com/zo77vom


IXL math features skills to go along with every lesson students learn in school. From arithmetic to algebra, fractions to measurement, IXL offers the most complete math coverage on the Web.

Student log-in: https://www.ixl.com/

High School Math Faculty

B.S., Psychology - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2002
M.S., Elementary Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004
M.S., Recreational Therapy and Leisure Studies - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2005
Comprehensive Special Education Summer Institute - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2011
Start date: August 2008
Modified Mathematics and Work Readiness
Mrs. Connie Bucholz-Beahm

B.S., Special Education (Hearing) PreK-12 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1998
M.S., Special Education (Hearing) PreK-12 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1999
Mathematics 7-12, 2013
Start date: August 2001
Algebra I
Instructional Coach
Math Committee Chair
Mrs. Rebecca Bradley Candino

B.A., History - College of William and Mary, 2010
M.Ed., Transitional Licensure - Carson-Newman University, 2017
Start date: October 2015
Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
Ms. Katherine Canfield

B.S., Physics- University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1993
M.S.- Curriculum and Instruction, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1995
Start date: August 2012
Geometry, Algebra II, Senior Bridge Math and STEM
Mr. Michael Childers

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