Processes and Identification for Math

  • Third Grade

    Each year, all students in third grade are evaluated 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.

    In spring, letters are mailed home to all third-grade families to share the placement decision for their student. Parents/guardians can reach out to the G/T Services Coordinator at their school if they have questions or would like to appeal the placement decision. Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home in June.

    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.

    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

    Each year, all students in fifth grade are evaluated to determine math course placement for sixth grade. A quantitative and nonverbal cognitive assessment, the MAP mathematics assessment, and a problem-solving set are administered to students. The assessment data, along with classroom performance, are considered to make placement decisions.

    Two advanced math classes are offered in sixth grade.

    Math 6 Accelerated is a single accelerated class, culminating in students taking high school Algebra in eighth grade. Students in Math 6 Accelerated typically score in the “above district average” range on standardized assessments.

    Math 6 Pre-Algebra is a double accelerated class, culminating in students taking high school Algebra in seventh grade and high school Geometry in eighth grade. Students in Pre-Algebra 6 typically score in the “well above district average” and “exceptional” ranges on standardized assessments.

    In spring, letters are sent to all fifth-grade families to share the placement decision for their students. Parents/guardians can reach out to the G/T Services Coordinator at their school if they have questions or would like to appeal the placement decision. Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home in June.

    Please contact your building Gifted and Talented Services Coordinator if you have questions or would like additional clarification.

    Rachael Weeks, Greenbriar
    Jessica Mann, Meadowbrook
    Sarah Wippman, Westmoor

    Sixth and Seventh Grade

    Each winter, parents/guardians and teachers can recommend their sixth- and seventh-grade student(s) to be re-evaluated for math course placement for the following year (for seventh or eighth grade). Parents can complete nomination forms in December.

    Typically, students are eligible for re-evaluation if they require significant differentiation and enrichment in their current math classroom. A quantitative and nonverbal cognitive assessment and the MAP mathematics assessment are administered to students. This assessment data, along with classroom performance, are considered for changes to a student’s math placement.

    Students in the following math courses are eligible for re-evaluation: Math 6 Core, Math 6 Accelerated, and Math 7 Core. Students who change placement must demonstrate prerequisite skills for success in the new course.

    Sixth Grade 

    Math 6 Core student for placement in Math 7 Advanced (grade level to single accelerated)
    Math 7 Advanced is a single accelerated class, culminating in the student taking high school Algebra in eighth grade. Students in Math 7 Advanced typically score in the “above district average” range on standardized assessments.

    Math 6 Accelerated student for placement in Math 7 Algebra (single accelerated to double accelerated)
    Math 7 Algebra is a double accelerated, high school level class, culminating in the student taking high school Geometry in eighth grade. Students in Math 7 Algebra typically score in the “well above district average” and “exceptional” ranges on standardized assessments.

    Seventh Grade

    Math 7 Core student for placement in Math 8 Algebra (grade level to single accelerated)
    Math 8 Algebra is a single accelerated, high school level class. Students in Math 8 Algebra typically score in the “above district average” range on standardized assessments.

    In spring, families of re-evaluated students will receive letters to share the placement decision. Parents/guardians can reach out to Laura Cohen G/T Services Coordinator at NBJH, with questions or if they would like to appeal the placement decision. Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home in June.

    Math Course Levels

     

    math course pathways

     



    For additional information about the math course pathways, click here.

    Please contact Laura Cohen, NBJH Gifted and Talented Services Coordinator, if you have questions or would like additional clarification.