Processes and Identification for Math

  • Third Grade

    Each year, all students in third grade are assessed to determine math placement for fourth grade. Students take a nonverbal and quantitative cognitive assessment and the MAP math assessment. This assessment data, along with classroom performance, are considered to make placement recommendations. Students in advanced courses typically score in the “well above district average” and “exceptional” ranges. If the testing does not match classroom performance – a student consistently requires enrichment in the classroom and performs well above peers – the committee will collect additional information to determine placement. This may include a one-on-one assessment where students demonstrate strategies and problem-solving, additional feedback from the teacher, and an evaluation of classroom data.

    In spring, letters are mailed home to all third-grade families to share the placement recommendation. Parents should review scores and talk to the teacher, as well as the G/T Services Coordinator at their building and determine if they would like to appeal the recommendation. Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home. 

    Fourth Grade

    Each winter, parents and teachers are invited to recommend any fourth-grade students, who are not currently placed in Advanced Math, to be re-assessed for placement the following year (for fifth-grade Advanced Math). Information and nomination forms will be available on the website in December and principals will send reminders in their newsletter. Typically, these are students who require differentiation and enrichment in the classroom beyond what is offered and score high on their math pre-assessments.

    These students take a nonverbal and quantitative cognitive assessment and the MAP math assessment. This assessment data, along with classroom performance, are considered to make placement recommendations. Students in advanced courses typically score in the “well above district average” and “exceptional” ranges. If the testing does not match classroom performance – a student consistently requires enrichment in the classroom and performs well above peers – the committee will collect additional information to determine placement. This may include a one-on-one assessment where students demonstrate strategies and problem solving, additional feedback from the teacher, and an evaluation of classroom data.

    In spring, letters are mailed home to share the placement recommendation. Parents should review scores and talk to the teacher, as well as the G/T Services Coordinator at their building and determine if they would like to appeal the recommendation. Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home.

    Fifth Grade

    Starting for the 2020-2021 school year, all students in fifth grade will be assessed to determine math placement for sixth grade. Students take a nonverbal and quantitative cognitive assessment and the MAP math assessment. This assessment data, along with classroom performance, including problem-solving abilities, are considered to make placement recommendations.

     

    math course pathways

     

    In spring, letters are sent home to all fifth-grade families to share the placement recommendation. Parents should review scores and talk to the teacher, as well as the G/T Services Coordinator at their building and determine if they would like to appeal the recommendation.

    Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home.

    For additional information about the math course pathways that will be launched for incoming sixth-graders in the 2020-21 school year, click here.