Math Placements for Incoming 7th Graders

  • As we prepare for our 6th graders to enroll in math as 7th graders in middle school, we would like to communicate the math courses that are offered to our 7th grade students. Most students will take standard 7th grade math as 7th graders to establish a foundation for the pathway of math courses they will take through their secondary math careers. We also recognize that some of our students need additional enrichment in mathematics and therefore offer two other possibilities: 7th grade Accelerated Math and Middle School Algebra. The content for each of these courses are described on the attached yellow student application. Below you will find the one- and two- year advanced tracks of our secondary math pathways. As you and your student consider the possibility of advanced placement in math, please consider the following information:

    At the middle school level, making appropriate and responsible placement decisions for our students is critical for their future success in mathematics. For this reason, we have worked to develop a placement process using sound criteria and measures of student aptitude and performance in order to make placement decisions that are in the best interest of the student. Placing a student in a math class that does not match the student's demonstrated level of performance, ability, and demeanor is not an opportunity for challenge and enrichment. Instead, the experience is often one of frustration and discouragement. Therefore, it is important that careful thought is placed when deciding to apply into an advanced math course. Also, it is important to note that based upon recommendation by The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Learning Standards, students should NOT skip any math level. Due to the learning progression at each grade level, content is designed to build upon each succeeding grade developing a strong foundation of mathematical understanding for high school level math. (Note: Students who qualify for Algebra may opt to take 7th grade Accelerated Math.)

    Another consideration when taking an advanced math course as a 7th grader is how that decision affects the selection of math courses for future years. The following is a table showing the possible pathways for math courses depending upon the levels of math taken in the middle school. Each pathway satisfies the minimum standards for high school graduation and college entry.

     

    Grade level

    At-grade level track

    One-year advanced track

    Two-year advanced track

    7th grade

    7th grade Math 

    7th grade Accelerated Math

    Algebra 1 

    8th grade

    8th grade Math

    Algebra 1 

    Geometry

    9th grade

    Algebra 1

    Geometry

    Algebra 2/Trig

    10th grade

    Geometry

    Algebra 2

    Algebra 2/Trig

    Pre-Calculus 

    11th grade

    Algebra 2 

    Algebra 2/Trig

    Intermediate

    Algebra 2/Math in Society

    Pre-

    Calculus

    AP

    Calculus 

    12th grade

    Intermediate

    Algebra 2/Math in Society

    Pre-

    Calculus

    Pre-

    Calculus

    AP Calculus

    or

    AP Stats

    AP Stats/AP Calculus

     

    All interested 6th grade students are invited to apply for advanced placement in mathematics as 7th graders. Applications for students will be due TBD, submitted to your current 6th grade teacher. If your student intends to take standard 7th grade math, there is no need to complete and return the attached application.

    Completion of the student application makes a student eligible to take the district middle school placement test. This test will take place at your student's school during TBD. The student's application and performance on the placement test will be reviewed by a collaborative team of the middle school math department chairs and the district math specialist. All students who apply will be sent letters stating their placement into the assigned math level by the middle of May. Students who do not complete an application and take the placement test will automatically be placed into standard 7th grade math.

    Considerations for advanced math placement:

    • District placement test score
    • 6th grade STAR test scores
    • 5th grade SBA score
    • Teacher recommendation (based upon evaluation form)

    When the application is completed, please keep this pink letter for your information, and return the yellow application and blank white Teacher evaluation form to your 6th grade teacher no later than TBD.

    Students who are transferring into the Snohomish School District for the 2018-2019 school year should submit their application packet to the Snohomish School District Resource and Service Center (RSC). Completed teacher recommendation forms for out of district students may be included with the application or sent directly to Jill Smith. The placement test date for out of district applicants will be Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the RSC. Out-of-district students who submit applications by April 18 will be contacted directly with further testing information.

    Questions may be referred to the middle school math department chairs: Jean Carwin, Valley View Middle School, at 360-563-3317 or Leia Stevenson, Centennial Middle School, at 360-563-4570.

    Advanced Math Placement Timeline

    • TBD: Applications available to all 6th grade students
    • TBD: Completed applications due to 6th grade teachers
    • TBD: Placement testing (at individual schools)
    • TBD: Placement teams meet to analyze scores and determine placements
    • TBD: Placement letters mailed home to all applicants

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