Accelerated Math


  • There are some students who are ready for an accelerated math trajectory. To accommodate these students, the District provides on-ramps for students to accelerate through the material in an effort to keep the students challenged. The process for placement in accelerated math is different, depending on the student's grade level.jamie.prescott@mercerislandschools.org


    Placement Tools:

    Student placement will be performed by elementary and middle school principals and/or designees using a combination of the following criteria to develop a math profile.

    • District Math Assessments (ITBS and Elementary/Middle School Achievement Tests)
    • Smarter Balanced 
    • Report card information
    • Qualitative Data Related to Math Progress

    Placement:

    All fourth-grade students are tested for eligibility in 5th-grade Accelerated Math using the ITBS and Smarter Balanced Assessment. Students in other grade levels wishing to accelerate must be nominated for testing by a parent for Smarter Balanced scores to be considered. Those who meet the district requirements on ITBS or Smarter Balanced (see policy for more information) are forwarded to schools for internal testing and decisions. 


    Qualification Requirements:

    4th Grade:
    • Recently changed: more information will come from school principals in mid-spring 2018. 
    5th-7th grade:
    • Smarter Balanced Assessment: Mid-level 4 (below)
    • If students score a mid-level 4, then they will be invited to take the school achievement test

    Mid- Level 4 Qualifying Scores

    Grade 5

    Grade 6

    Grade 7

    2640

    2679

    2707

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Nomination Forms:

    Nominations for students in grades 5-7 closed on March 30, 2018 at 3:30pm.

    Prior to filling out a nomination, please view our math continuum (below) to be certain of your course selection. 

    NOMINATION FORM Grades 5-7: Note that students already in accelerated math will continue to the next level without nominating. Additionally, students who are in pre-Algebra need not nominate, as they will go into Algebra automatically. 

    BEFORE you begin the nomination: Once you've hit submit, your nomination will be sent to the appropriate parties.
    You will receive information regarding qualification AFTER Smarter Balanced preliminary scores have been reported by the state.

    Fourth-grade: ALL fourth-grade students are tested in the spring of their fourth-grade year. You will not need to nominate your fourth grader.

    Fifth-grade Highly Capable students: Students in fifth-grade Highly Capable classes will move into sixth-grade accelerated math. 


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