Algebra I is an introductory course which culminates with the Algebra I Regents exam that is required for high school graduation. The course is offered to students in 8th grade. This course formalizes the mathematics that students learned in earlier grades. The course deepens student understanding of algebraic relationships and extends their understanding of algebraic processes, linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, as well as introductory concepts in statistics. The course prescribes that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Students will develop their ability to explain the appropriateness of their answers in addition to their ability to articulate the methods used to arrive at their solution. The use of a graphing calculator is integrated into the course and is permitted during all parts of the Regents exam, which will be administered in June. Successful completion of this course and a passing score on the Algebra I Regents exam provides students with the first of three Regents mathematics course credits necessary to earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.