• Extended Mathematics Placement Criteria

    For Rising 6th Grade Students

    Note: Due to the COVID 19 shut down during the 2019 -2020 school year, the placement criteria for extended mathematics were adjusted.  Fifth-grade mathematics SOLs were unavailable and, therefore, could not be considered in this process. Students were evaluated utilizing the other three criteria points.  Students meeting at least two out of three of the criteria points were recommended for an Extended Mathematics course. 

    Placement Criteria

  • Teacher Recommendation Rubric
    Categories for 
    Student Work Characteristics:

    1. Habits of Mind
      • Perseveres through challenging situations
      • Demonstrates a positive attitude toward learning
    2. Connections
      • 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
    3. Critical Thinking
      • Applies multiple strategies over time which demonstrates flexible thinking
      • Analyzes his/her work and makes revisions as necessary
    4. Reasoning and Proof
      • Demonstrates the ability to make sense of mathematics
      • Able to defend his/her work with viable arguments
    5. 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.


  • 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 school. 

    Questions should be directed to your child's designated middle school.


  • Contact Information 

    • Kathleen Stoebe

      Secondary Mathematics Facilitator

      Email:  stoebekp@staffordschools.net

      Phone: (540) 658-6701


      Kimberly Hayden

      Elementary Mathematics Facilitator

      Email: haydenka@staffordschools.net

      Phone:  (540) 658-6674