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


    Current 4th Grade Student Placement for 2020-2021:

    All 4th-grade students' families will have the opportunity to self-select "traditional 5th-grade math" or "accelerated 5th-grade math" during the spring of their 4th-grade year. Information will be disseminated from each building principal.


     

    Current 5th-7th Grade Student Qualification Requirements:

    SPRING 2020: Due to school closures for the COVID-19 pandemic, students were unable to complete Smarter Balanced testing during Spring 2020; therefore, we do not have scores to use to send out invitations to students for testing. Consequently, nominations are open for any student who wishes to attempt to test into an accelerated math course. Please carefully consider a student's current progress in their respective math course and the student's performance on previous Smarter Balanced assessments. Students should consistently earn 4's (elementary) or A's (middle school) in their math courses and have previously scored a Level 4 on the SBA to consider taking the accelerated math assessments. 

    This testing is intended for students who are either not currently in an accelerated course or for students who are currently in accelerated math who wish to test into double-accelerated math. 

    Is your student currently in an accelerated math course? Students currently in an accelerated math course do not need to test to move to the next level - they will matriculate to the next course in the accelerated math sequence. This includes current 5th graders enrolled in accelerated math. Additionally, students who are in pre-Algebra need not nominate, as they will go into Algebra automatically. 

    Is your student currently in 5th grade HiCap math? Students in fifth-grade Highly Capable classes will move into sixth-grade accelerated math. 

     

     
     

    Nomination Forms:

    Nominations will open on May 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM and will close on June 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM.
     
    NOMINATION FORM FOR CURRENT STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-7 (who are not currently in accelerated math or who are pursuing double-accelerated math)

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

    The 2020 Accelerated Math Testing date is August 18, 2020, from 9am-11am. Students will take the test online from home using an iPad. More information will be emailed to parents on August 13. Please note that the testing date is subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines. Any date changes will be posted here. 

     


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