Developmentally, we believe student’s needs are best met through differentiation at grade level. We are extremely fortunate in our district to provide an education that focuses on the whole child. Because we believe differentiation occurs best within our individual classrooms, we do not provide multiple mathematics courses at each grade level. However, at the end of 7th grade, we believe there is a natural progression for students to enter either Math 8 or Algebra 1. Students naturally progress to Math 8 unless they are able to demonstrate a deep understanding of Math 8 CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and Algebra readiness. Both Math 8 and Algebra allow students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in high school and build a strong foundation for future success.
Elementary and Middle School math placement for students will be based on their knowledge of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as other indicators listed below. Once data has been gathered, the child’s teacher and the Child StudyTeam will analyze the data to determine math placement.
High School math placement is determined by the Michigan School Code test-out criteria (attaining a grade of not less than C+ or 78% on the final exam) for each subject area (i.e. Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, etc.).
Because this is the natural progression for students to move to Math 8 or Algebra 1. In addition to the above, performance on Algebra Readiness Test(s) will be analyzed for evidence to support math placement
Following determination of math for students that have been considered for Grade Up math placement, parents will be notified.