Pre-Algebra Intensified Placement Criteria For Rising 6th Grade Students
Must meet 3 out of 4 criteria to be recommended for Pre-Algebra Intensified.
- 4th Grade Mathematics SOLs - 475 or higher
- 5th Grade Mathematics SOLs - 500 or higher
- NWEA MAP Growth Mathematics test - 75th percentile or higher, RIT 230 or higher
- Teacher Recommendation - Students must score 18 out of 20 points on a rubric that includes information about students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as their habits of mind (i.e., attitude toward learning and perseverance).
Teacher Recommendation Rubric
Categories for Student Work Characteristics:
- Habits of Mind
- Perseveres through challenging situations
- Demonstrates a positive attitude toward learning
- Connects understanding of previously learned and new content
- Independently transfers understanding of previously learned and new concepts to real world situations
- Synthesizes multiple concepts from across contents
- Critical Thinking
- Applies multiple strategies over time which demonstrates flexible thinking
- Analyzes his/her work and makes revisions as necessary
- Reasoning and Proof
- Demonstrates the ability to make sense of mathematics
- Able to defend his/her work with viable arguments
- Communication with Mathematical Representation
- Clearly articulates his/her ideas orally and in writing
- Evaluates ideas of others
- Exhibits thinking in multiple ways
5th Grade Teachers complete recommendation rubrics for all rising 6th graders. There are 4-levels for each category: Rarely (1), Occasionally (2), Usually (3), and Consistently (4).
If you have questions regarding the placement process, please contact the Mathematics Specialist at your child's school.
- Habits of Mind
Timeline: 5th Grade Year
Spring - NWEA MAP Growth Assessment and 5th Grade SOL are given.
- Teacher Recommendation Rubric is completed by each 5th-grade teacher.
Questions about the process can be directed to your child’s 5th-grade teacher or the Mathematics Specialist at the Elementary School.
Mid May - Elementary schools review data to make initial recommendations.
Late May - Middle schools review the information provided by the elementary schools and make the final recommendation for student placement.
Early June - Notification letters are mailed home by the middle schools.
Questions about mathematics placement should be directed to your child's designated middle school.