Overview
The PreAP Algebra 1 course focuses deeply on mastery of linear relationships. Linear functions and linear equations are the basic building blocks of many advanced topics in mathematics. Therefore, PreAP Algebra 1 is streamlined to give students the time and space to thoroughly develop both procedural fluency and deep conceptual understanding of these concepts and skills. This instructional focus fuels students’ growth and confidence in mathematics.
Areas of Focus
Each PreAP course focuses on a small set of disciplinespecific instructional priorities that support both teacher practice and student learning within the discipline. These areas of focus reflect researchsupported reasoning practices that should receive greater emphasis in instructional materials and assessments than they often do. PreAP recognizes that many teachers and schools already embrace these disciplinary practices, and now we are offering resources that specifically emphasize these areas of focus.
PreAP Algebra 1 Areas of Focus:
 Mastery of linear equations and linear functions: Students develop a deep and robust understanding of linear relationships from procedural, conceptual, and applied perspectives.
 Greater authenticity of applications and modeling: Students create and use mathematical models to understand and explain authentic scenarios.
 Engagement in mathematical argumentation: Students use evidence to craft mathematical conjectures and prove or disprove them.
Underlying Unit Foundations
These big ideas are addressed across units:
 The structure of real numbers
 Functions
 Solutions
Course at a Glance
The table below shows the four main units in PreAP Algebra 1, the recommended length for each unit, and the key topics in each.
Unit 1: Linear Functions and Linear Equations 
Timeframe: 9 weeks 
Key concepts:

Unit 2: Linear Functions and Linear Equations 
Timeframe: 9 weeks 
Key concepts:

Unit 3: Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities 
Timeframe: 5 weeks 
Key concepts:

Unit 4: Quadratic Equations and Functions 
Timeframe: 9 weeks 
Key concepts:

Instructional Resources
Schools that officially implement a PreAP course will receive access to instructional resources for each unit. These resources don’t constitute a full daybyday curriculum. Instead, they provide support and model lessons as teachers design instruction for each unit.
PreAP Algebra 1 instructional resources include:
 A course framework, model lessons, and practice problem sets for key concepts within each unit that provide guidance and support for teaching the course.
 12 practice performance tasks for each unit
 Recommendations for targeted Khan Academy® practice to support students in building foundational skills across the units.
Learning Checkpoints
Each unit contains:
 2 short online quizzes featuring multiplechoice questions modeled closely after the types of questions students encounter on SAT tests and AP exams. Unit quizzes require students to examine graphs, data, and short texts—all set in authentic contexts—to respond to a targeted set of questions that measure concepts and skills from the unit.
 1 performance task. These tasks engage students in sustained problem solving and ask them to synthesize skills and concepts from across the unit to answer questions about a novel context.