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Middle School Highlights

January 31, 2012

The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC 8)

The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40-minute multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. This school year it was held at RIS before the Christmas Break.

The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem-solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. Calculators are not allowed starting in 2008. High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.

A special purpose of the AMC 8 is to demonstrate the broad range of topics available for the junior high school mathematics curriculum. This is done by competencies. The AMC 8 has the potential to increase the perceptions of the importance of problem solving activities in the mathematics curriculum by stimulating these activities both preceding and following the examination -specifically by studying the solutions manual.

Additional purposes of the AMC 8 are to promote excitement, enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of mathematics beyond the minimum required for high school graduation. Developmentally, junior high school students are at a point where attitudes toward school and learning, and perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics are solidified. It is important that they be provided opportunities that foster the development of positive attitudes towards mathematics and positive perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics. The AMC 8 provides one such opportunity.

At RIS, we aim to have 20 sixth grade, 30 seventh grade, and 50 eighth grade students participate in the AMC 8 for a total of 100 MS students. All USA, USA embassy, Canadian and foreign school students in grade 8 or below are eligible to participate. In a comparison to last year's RIS AMC 8 results, our students' scores have improved! This is encouraging as we endeavor to measure the success of a modified Math curriculum.

2010 RIS AMC 8 School Results

2011 RIS AMC 8 School Results

  School Team Score (sum of top 3 scores):

46.0  

  School Team Score (sum of top 3 scores):

58.0  

  Average score for entire school:

8.7  

  Average score for entire school:

10.1  

  Average Score for Grade 8:

9.1  

  Average Score for Grade 8:

10.9  

  Average Score for Grade 7:

8.4  

  Average Score for Grade 7:

9.7  

  Average Score for Grade 6:

7.9  

  Average Score for Grade 6:

8.0  

Further information about the AMC 8 can be found at http://amc.maa.org/

Compiled by: Andy Westerman - MS Principal

 
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