"The Universe is a grand book
which cannot be read until
one first learns which it is composed.
It is written in the language of mathematics..."
Course description from the Alabama Course of Study for Mathematics
The Algebra I course provides students with mathematical experiences that are useful in everyday life. The reasoning and problem-solving skills used in Algebra I may be applied to life situations beyond the classroom. Algebra I is also the cornerstone of high school mathematics. Every course beyond Algebra I requires the knowledge of these content standards. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that each standard be mastered. Algebra I builds on foundational content learned by students in Grades K-8 by expanding mathematics understanding to provide students with a strong mathematics education.
Algebra I is the basis for the majority of the mathematics content included on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE). Therefore, it is one of the courses required for all students. School systems may offer Algebra I and Algebra IA and Algebra IB. Content standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15, and linear equations and inequalities from content standard 7 must be taught in the Algebra IA course. Content standards 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and the remainder of content standard 7 must be taught in the Algebra IB course. Systems offering Algebra I in the eighth grade have the responsibility of ensuring that all Algebra I course content standards are included in instruction.