I am trying to do some research to find out what skills a student absolutely must have to enter Algebra IA. I am the only Algebra/ higher level math teacher at my school so I don't really have a department to consult. Here is what I think is the bare minimum. I teach at a special education school so not many kids make it to algebra and I am often given kids not ready. Here are the skills I am thinking are prerequisites. Am I missing anything? -Be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide negative numbers without a calculator (addition and multiplication charts OK as an accommodation if allowed) -Be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. -Solve simple word problems (OK if read as an accommodation) -Graph points like (-4, 2) on a 4 quadrant graph Please help. I realize some kids come into algebra in normal schools not knowing this but my students learn very slowly so I can't spend a lot of time reviewing. I'm still trying to teach how to add and subtract integers and we should be much farther along by now.