Processes & 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 can review scores, talk to the teacher, and G/T 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.
3rd grade math placement

Please note, this reflects local score ranges for the 2018-2019 school year. Norms are consistently being evaluated and adjustments may be made for the following school year if necessary.

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Each winter, parents and teachers are invited to recommend any fourth- and fifth-grade students, who are not currently placed in Advanced Math, to be re-assessed for placement the following year (for fifth- or sixth-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 can review scores, talk to the teacher, and G/T 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.

5th grade math placement
Sixth Grade math placement

Please note, this reflects local score ranges for the 2018-2019 school year. Norms are consistently being evaluated and adjustments may be made for the following school year if necessary. 

Seventh and Eighth Grade

Placement into seventh and eighth grade math is determined by the Junior High School and is based on classroom performance, student skills, the MAP math assessment, and a nonverbal and quantitative cognitive assessment.

 Math sequence 6-8