Algebra I will focus on these critical areas: expressions, equations, and functions, linear equations and functions, linear inequalities, systems of linear equalities, exponential equations and functions, quadratic expressions and equations, radical functions and geometry, and statistics and probability.

In Algebra I, instructional time should focus on seven critical areas: (1) Solving multi-step equations and inequalities; (2) Evaluating and recognizing function types (linear, quadratic, exponential) and their characteristics; (3) Graphing linear functions from multiple representations and interpreting the rate of change; (4) Solving linear systems using multiple methods; (5) Representing univariate data; (6) Using properties of exponents to simplify expressions (including rational exponents); and (7) Performing basic operations with polynomials.