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1 STUDENT PLACEMENT GUIDE Mathematics in the Middle SchoolSpotsylvania County SchoolsInstructionSTUDENT PLACEMENT GUIDEThis PowerPoint presentation will give you an overview of the mathematics program in our middle schools.This PowerPoint presentation is on the Spotsylvania County Website and parents are encouraged to review it on their own.
2 *SOL Stand Alone Tests all grades 6th grade7th grade8th grade*SOL Stand Alone Tests all gradesAlgebra TopicsAverage RigorMath 7Math 6(everyday)Algebra 1Middle SchoolMath IIAbove Average RigorMiddle SchoolMath I*HS CreditThis is the fully implemented schedule of the two-part accelerated course and other courses in middle school. Please note that students in the accelerated classes will be expected to maintain an A/B average. Students who do not maintain above average achievement will be placed in a more appropriate math class for their demonstrated ability.Algebra 1GeometryMiddle SchoolMath IIMost Rigorous*HS Credit*HS Credit
3 Middle School Mathematics Math 6 everydayMore time for activitiesMore time to develop conceptsFill in knowledge gaps ~ stress understandingAllows more flexibilityStudents will be required to meet specific criteria for placementWith Algebra Topics 8, students can still achieve advanced diploma status in high schoolGo through each point with parents. Math Everyday for Math 6 results have shown a jump in mathematics achievement.Students in grade 6 may test for MS II in grade 7 at the end of their 6th grade year.Emphasize the last bullet “with Algebra Topics 8, students can still achieve advanced diploma status in high school.”
4 Spotsylvania County Schools Recommended Course of Study in Mathematics High School Sequence ~ with Algebra Topics 8Spotsylvania County SchoolsRecommended Course of Study in MathematicsAverage RigorIt is recommended that all students pursue the study of mathematics at the most rigorous level possible.When appropriate students may change paths by attending summer school or by taking two classes at the same time.Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12Math 6*6th grade SOL TestMath taught everydayMS II*7th gradeSOL testAdministeredMath 7*7th grade SOL testAlgebra I*EOC testAlgebraTopics 8*8th gradeGeometry*EOC TestAdvancedAlgebra II~~Mathematical AnalysisAP StatisticsAppliedMathematics+Computer MathAP CalculusMathematics: Modeling and FunctionsDE Pre-CalculusCourse sequence for those on the average track in mathematics.Note: There are various options for a child to move from a particular track to another depending on the effort and achievement put forth by the student.If students achieve an A or B final grade in Math 7 AND ALSO pass advanced the Math 7 SOL test, then they may qualify for Algebra I in the 8th grade.This chart shows that a student taking Algebra Topics 8 can achieve an advanced diploma form High School.
5 Accelerated Path Middle School Math II Middle School Math I 6th grade curriculum standards and part of the 7th grade standardsMiddle School Math IIthe rest of the 7th grade curriculum standards and most of the 8th grade standardsCurriculum standards are set by the state of Virginia Department of Education.Local divisions may add to these standards by enhancing their curriculum.Students need to pass advanced the Math 7 SOL test and attain an A or B final grade in order to move into Algebra I in the Middle School.
6 Advanced Placement Considerations a strong sense of number;a keen sense of knowing when and how to apply mathematical concepts;a desire to think and reason critically;the ability to handle frustration;the willingness to accept a challenge.a student who excels in all categories would be highly recommended to take an advanced sequencethe desire to accelerate in a rigorous sequence of mathematics;a consistent A or B math average;the ability to grasp math concepts at an accelerated pace;the independent work habits to support the rigor of an accelerated course;a high interest in problem solving;Take each point and elaborate on it. A student entering the accelerated path has a strong sense of problem solving…LOVES mathematics and handles frustration well. This means they acknowledge the fact that success sometimes comes from “fast failure”…meaning that students learn from their mistakes and recover quickly….for example, note the next slide on displaying persistence in mathematics…
7 Registration Form/Process Be sure to encourage parents to check the testing box if they want their child tested for possible advanced placement.
8 Registration Form/Process All students will automatically be placed into Math 6 everyday unless the student attains required criteria for advanced coursework.