MATH PLACEMENT PROCEDURES

For Current Grade 5 Students:

All Grade 5 students will take the Grade 5 Criterion-Referenced Test, as explained above. This test offers us a gauge on student performance. For students who perform extraordinarily well on this test, earning a score of 95% or higher, they will be asked to sit for a secondary assessment. Families of these identified students would be notified by June 1. The purpose of a secondary assessment would be to ascertain the selected students' potential success in skipping Grade 6 Math and moving directly into accelerated Pre-Algebra as a sixth grader. You will be notified by July 1 if your child is eligible to make this Grade 6 Math skip.

To be eligible for this Grade 6 course skip, the students would have to:

• Earn a score of 95% or higher on the Grade 5 Criterion-Referenced Test, as stated directly above

• Earn a score of 90% or higher on the secondary math placement test, as explained above

• Earn a minimum average of 95% or higher for each marking period in Grade 5 Math

• Earn teacher recommendation, based on class performance, work ethic, motivation, ability to work independently, and participation

* In a year when State standardized tests are administered, NJSLA scores are considered.

For Current Grade 6 Students:

In Grade 7, we offer two courses of study: Pre-Algebra, which is an accelerated course, and Grade 7 Math, which is an average-level course. Prior to placing students into either Pre-Algebra or Grade 7 Math, the following criteria are considered:

• Teacher recommendation, based on class performance, work ethic, motivation, ability to work independently, and participation

• Criterion-Referenced Test Score (math placement test) of 85% or higher - see test explanation above

• Year-end math average of 93% or higher

* In a year when State standardized tests are administered, NJSLA scores are considered.

Notification of course placement will be communicated to all families by July 1.

For Current Grade 7 Students:

We use the Criterion-Referenced Test to assess students' current placement and to determine if movement into Algebra I is appropriate in Grade 8.