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Criteria for Placement into Accelerated Mathematics

Criteria for Placement into Grade 5 Accelerated Mathematics Classes

The criteria and attached form will apply to students entering fifth grade.

The criteria are designed to identify very high achieving and highly motivated mathematics students, in order to give them the opportunity to participate in accelerated mathematics classes beginning in the 5th grade. Students must meet the eligibility criteria each year, to remain in the accelerated mathematics classes.

The eligibility process involves a point system with students receiving points in the following three areas:

  • PSSA – Mathematics Scaled Scores
  • Average Grade in Mathematics (average of all 3 trimesters)
  • Teacher Rating Form

Parents of students who earn at least 11 points based on the criteria, will be notified of their child’s opportunity to participate in accelerated mathematics classes.

PSSA-NCE Scores Average Math Grade Teacher Rating Form
1836+ 5 points A+ 5 points 29-30 5 points
1761-1835 4 points A 4 points 28 4 points
1711-1760 3 points A- 3 points 27 3 points
1651-1710 2 points B+ 2 points 26 2 points
1602-1650 1 point B or below 0 points 25 1 point

Eligibility = 11 points

Criteria for Placement into Grade 6 Accelerated Mathematics Classes

The criteria and attached form will apply to students entering sixth grade.

The criteria are designed to identify very high achieving and highly motivated mathematics students, in order to give them the opportunity to participate in accelerated mathematics classes beginning in the 6th grade. Students must meet the eligibility criteria each year, to remain in the accelerated mathematics classes.

The eligibility process involves a point system with students receiving points in the following three areas:

  • PSSA – Mathematics Scaled Scores
  • Average Grade in Mathematics (average of all 3 trimesters)
  • Teacher Rating Form

Parents of students who earn at least 11 points based on the criteria, will be notified of their child’s opportunity to participate in accelerated mathematics classes.

PSSA-NCE Scores Average Math Grade Teacher Rating Form
1906+ 5 points A+ 5 points 29-30 5 points
1830-1905 4 points A 4 points 28 4 points
1760-1829 3 points A- 3 points 27 3 points
1706-1759 2 points B+ 2 points 26 2 points
1643-1705 1 point B or below 0 points 25 1 point

Eligibility = 11 points

Criteria for Placement into Algebra I in Grade 7

The criteria and attached form will apply to students entering seventh grade.

The criteria are designed to identify very high achieving and highly motivated mathematics students, in order to give them the opportunity to participate in Algebra I in the 7th grade.

The eligibility process involves a point system with students receiving points in the following four areas:

  • PSSA - NCE Scores
  • Final Grade in Mathematics
  • Teacher Rating Form
  • Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test

Parents of students who earn at least 15 points based on the criteria, will be notified of their child's opportunity to participate in accelerated mathematics classes.

PSSA-NCE Scores Final Math Grade Teacher Rating Form Iowa Alg %tile
1840+ 5 points A+ 5 points 29-30 5 points 98+ 5 points
1771-1839 4 points A 4 points 28 4 points 95-97 4 points
1720-1770 3 points A- 3 points 27 3 points 92-94 3 point
1660-1719 2 points B+ 2 points 26 2 points 88-91 2 points
1609-1659 1 point B or below 0 pts 25 1 point 85-87 1 point

Eligibility = 15 points

Students successfully completing Algebra I in the seventh grade will take Honors Geometry in eighth grade.

Criteria for Placement into Algebra I in Grade 8

The following criteria will apply to students entering eighth grade.

The criteria are designed to identify high achieving and motivated mathematics students, in order to give them the opportunity to participate in Algebra I in the 8th grade.

The eligibility process involves a point system with students receiving points in the following four areas:

  • PSSA - NCE Scores
  • Final Grade in Mathematics
  • Teacher Rating Form
  • Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test

Parents of students, who earn at least 13 points based on the criteria, will be notified of their child’s opportunity to participate in Algebra I in grade 8.

PSSA-NCE Scores Final Math Grade Teacher Rating Form Iowa Alg %tile
1762+ 5 points A or A+ 5 points 29-30 5 points 87+ 5 points
1700-1761 4 points B+ 4 points 28 4 points 78-86 4 points
1600-1699 3 points B 3 points 27 3 points 71-77 3 point
1492-1599 2 points B- 2 points 26 2 points 64-70 2 points
1400-1491 1 point C+ or C 0 pts 25 1 point 55-63 1 point

Eligibility = 13 points