FAQ


Questions Regarding Digital Math

Where can I get purchasing information regarding Digital Math?
Purchase and pricing information is located on this page: [Pricing]


Do you have installation notes that will help our school install the Digital Math website on our webserver?
Technical assistance and installation information is located on this page: [Technical Assistance]
(Note: If you load a version of the Digital Math website on a webserver, then the Digital Math directory must be password protected).


What is required to view the Digital Math videos?
Digital Math requires the QuickTime player from Apple Computer. The player can be downloaded for free at the following site:
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/


Does QuickTime work on PCs that use a Windows operating system?
Yes, there is a Windows version of QuickTime that is free from Apple Computer at:
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/


What are the memory requirements for QuickTime?
QuickTime requirements for memory are at least 32 MB of RAM for both Macintosh and Windows computers. We recommend allocating at least 32 MB of RAM for your internet browser for best performance.


Can I load the Digital Math website on a personal computer for home use?
The Digital Math website can be loaded on a personal computer for home or school use, as long as your school site has purchased the website. We recommend at least a G3 or Pentium II computer.


Why won't the correct/incorrect images display on the the assessment/problem pages when I click on an answer?
The assessment and problems pages work best using Internet Explorer or Netscape 7. Prior versions of Netscape may not display the correct images. If you reload the assessment/problem page, all of your answers will disappear.


Who do I contact if I find an error or mistake on the Digital Math website?
All errors or mistakes can be reported to dm_support@mcoe.org.

Please check our updates page to see if the error has been reported.



Questions regarding the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Why do we have the CAHSEE?
CAHSEE was authorized by SB2X and codified in Education Code 60850. The CAHSEE is intended to ensure students who graduate from high school can demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and mathematics. All students will have to pass the CAHSEE beginning with the 2003-2004 school year and the graduating class of 2004 to receive a California High School Diploma. Schools must be prepared to implement remediation systems for students who fail any part of the exam.


What does the law require schools to do?
  • Every student must take the exam.
  • Parents and students (9th grade and higher) are notified about the CAHSEE at the beginning of the first grading period of the school year.
  • Teachers must provide students with the content described in the state mathematics and language arts standards.
  • The test must be given at least four times before the student fails to graduate. The State Superintendent sets the exam date.
  • Supplemental instruction is being provided for students who have not demonstrated sufficient progress towards passing the CAHSEE.
  • English Language Learners have up to two additional years after completing 6 months of instruction in reading, writing, and math to pass the exam.


What does the test cover?
  • State Board adopted standards through grade 10 in reading and writing.
    (82 multiple choice questions and 2 writing tasks)
  • The reading portion of the test covers vocabulary, informational and literary reading.
    (50% literary and 50% informational texts)
  • The writing portion will cover writing strategies, applications, and convention. (One written response to literature and one not related to a reading text.)
  • The mathematics portion covers mathematics standards through Algebra I.
  • Math test content items includes statistics, data analysis, probability, number sense, measurement, geometry, mathematical reasoning, and algebra.
    (80 multiple-choice questions: 6 items for Grade 6, 62 items for Grade 7, and 12 items for Algebra I)


What types of remedial activities should schools pursue to prepare students?
In order to ensure that students have had ample opportunities to prepare for the CAHSEE, schools might provide: tutoring, extended day learning opportunities, and/or summer school.


Can the school provide test taking skills?
Yes, the school can provide students and parents with test taking skills and the domain specifications covered by CAHSEE. Parents and students should contact their school for assistance.


Where can I find resources for the Reading and Language Arts skills tested by the CAHSEE?
At this website, http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/, the California Department of Education presents information to help improve curriculum, instruction, and professional development in reading and language arts.


Where can I find out more information about the CAHSEE?
To stay current on future developments of the CAHSEE, you can check on the CDE website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/index.asp.

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