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    MATH PLACEMENT FAQ 
     

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    How do I use the placement chart to determine my child's math placement?

    To find a student's placement, refer to the chart labeled with your child’s grade level. From there, find the Qualifying Exam Score at the top of the chart and the MAP RIT score on the left of the chart. You follow the column down and the row over until the two intersect.


    As an example, if your child was currently in Math 5 at an elementary school, you would use the chart below. If your child scored a 15 on the Qualifying Exam and scored 233 on the MAP OAT RIT,  you would follow "16-15" column down to where it intersects with the "231-240" row. As a result, your child would not be eligible to accelerate in mathematics.


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    My child's Qualifying Exam score seems very low. Should I be worried?

    The D65 Mathematics Qualifying Exam for Acceleration is intentionally challenging, requiring the application of grade level content in new and creative ways. In order to assess a student’s readiness to meet the rigors of mathematics acceleration, some of the questions reflect concepts that are learned in the next grade level.  Please note, the qualifying exam score should only be used to make decisions about readiness for acceleration in mathematics. A low test score does not imply that a student will do poorly in a grade level math class.


    Parents/guardians who believe that the mathematics placement decision is not the best one for their child may sign up to retake either the qualifying exam of MAP.


    If you would like your child to retake ONE of the two exams, please fill out the form on the link provided: https://goo.gl/forms/odpa7hVOOujSUhWo1

     

    ***Note: After May 16th, the form to sign up for retakes will close to ensure we have materials ready for the exams.***


    More detailed information about the re-test process is provided on the Retake Form.

    My child placed into the Gray Area, how do I opt her into the accelerated course?

    ***Note: Only parents of students with scores that place in the Gray Area are eligible to opt their children into an accelerated path.***

     

    Falling into the gray area means that the student is not recommended for acceleration. Yet it is close enough that we cannot say with full confidence that acceleration is not the best choice. Thus, when landing in the gray area, we leave open the option for families to opt in into acceleration if they believe it is in fact the best choice.


    Please follow the link in your original letter confirming your child’s math placement in accelerated math.  If you cannot access or find your original email, please contact the Math Team at mathacceleration@district65.net


    If you have further questions on whether math acceleration is appropriate for your child, please consult with their current math teacher and/or contact the Math Team.

    Why do you use two tests to determine whether acceleration is appropriate?  Don’t they measure the same thing?

    We utilize different assessments because they give us different insights into student math profiles. The MAP test focuses more on content and skill knowledge. The D65 Qualifying Exam for Acceleration is intentionally challenging, requiring the application of grade level content in new and creative ways. In order to assess a student’s readiness to meet the rigors of acceleration, some of the questions reflect concepts that are learned in the next grade level.  

    Can you provide the score ranges of the placement tests used to select Math placement?

    Different Qualifying Exams are used at each grade level. Depending on the specific exam your child took, the total number of points range from 35 to 39 points.


    Click here to see the Charts use to determine eligibilty for acceleration.


    The D65 Mathematics Qualifying Exam for Acceleration is intentionally challenging, requiring the application of grade level content in new and creative ways. In order to assess a student’s readiness to meet the rigors of acceleration, some of the questions reflect concepts that are learned in the next grade level.  Please note, the qualifying exam score should only be used to make decisions about readiness for acceleration. A low test score does not imply that a student will do poorly in a grade level math class.

    I did not receive my child’s math placement.

    Please email mathacceleration@district65.net with the name of your child. We will look into your child's test score and respond.

    My child is missing a test score. Do I need to sign them up for a retake test?

    The default placement is grade level math for students who do not have all of their test data.  Please note that the grade level courses are robust and provide challenge and rigor. Our regular grade level track allows students to enroll in Geometry as a Freshman at ETHS.  


    You may sign up your child to retake ONE of the placement exams, please fill out the form on the link provided: https://goo.gl/forms/odpa7hVOOujSUhWo1

     

    ***Note: After May 16th, the form to sign up for retakes will close to ensure we have materials ready for the exams.***


    If you believe this missing score is a mistake, please contact the Math Team at mathacceleration@distrct65.net.

    Will there be any other retest dates?

    The Dates listed on the timeline are the only opportunities for retests that are available


    Please note that the grade level courses are robust and provide challenge and rigor. Our regular grade level track allows students to enroll in Geometry as a Freshman at ETHS.

    How long will the retest session take?

    The length of the exam will depend on which exam you would like your child to retake. The district's Qualifying Exam is a timed test. Students are given 75 minutes to complete it.


    If you would like your child to retake the MAP test, it can vary more widely. Although a typical student takes around an hour to complete the MAP test, it is untimed. There are some students who take up to 2 to 3 hours.


    Parents are allowed to wait in the building during the retake.

    How does this placement affect my child's trajectory with math courses?

    Please look at the District 65 / District 202 Math Pathways chart, located on the District’s website, to see the different math pathways available.

    How many points are possible on the MAP test?

    For the MAP exam, RIT scores range from about 100 to 300. Students typically start at the 180 to 200 level in the third grade and progress to the 220 to 260 level by high school. RIT scores make it possible to follow a student’s educational growth from year to year.

    What do the two tests mean?

    What is my child’s percentile?

    The eligibility for acceleratinon is determined by the district through a combination of the results of two exams, the Math MAP (specifically, the Operation and Algebraic Thinking strand) and the District 65 Qualifying Exam for Acceleration. The MAP RIT score indicates the likelihood of a student’s mastery and command of various key content and skills (aligned to the Common Core) in current and future math courses.  The Quaifying Exam assesses a student’s readiness to meet the rigors of acceleration by requiring students to apply Common Core content skills in new and creative ways.


    The NWEA MAP test is a cross-grade computer adaptive test.  Students are assessed on what they know, regardless of their grade level.  As students answer questions correctly, the test follows up with more challenging questions.  MAP assessments are used to measure student progress, and the results show how much a student has grown from year to year.


    There are several strands that make up the Math MAP assessment.  For placement, the Operations and Algebraic Thinking RIT strand of the Spring  2016 MAP is also being used. The RIT score for the Operations and Algebraic Thinking strand indicates the likelihood of a student’s mastery and command of various key content skills, aligned to the Common Core, in current and future math classes.


    Here are two links that further explain the MAP.

    https://www.nwea.org/assessments/resources-for-parents/

    https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2014/07/ParentToolkit_0.pdf


    The District 65 Qualifying Exam for Acceleration is a district-created exam and is intentionally challenging, requiring the application of grade level content in new and creative ways. In order to assess a student’s readiness to meet the rigors of acceleration, some of the questions reflect concepts that are learned in the next grade level. Please note that the qualifying exam score should only be used to make decisions about readiness for acceleration in mathematics. A low test score does not imply that a student will do poorly in a grade level math class.


    At this time, we do not have percentile information for the District 65.

    What is difference between 6/7 and skipping 6th? (magnet vs. non-magnet)

    The Math 6/7 Course is offered at the larger middle schools (Haven, Chute and Nichols). The course will address sixth and seventh grade content and standards. The goal is to avoid having students skip essential content when they enroll in algebra as seventh graders.

     

    Because of the smaller populations at the magnet schools (King Arts and Bessie Rhodes), the 6/7 course is not an option next year.  Students at those schools who are accelerated will continue to follow the course-skipping model that the district has used in the past.

    The trajectory for both groups of students is the same as they will be placed in algebra as seventh graders.

    Is there a study guide available for the qualifying exam so that my child can prepare for it? As the District 65 Math Team, we have a responsibility to ensure that students are appropriately placed such that they continue to grow and develop on their mathematical journey. When we chose to accelerate a student, we need to be conscious of the potential impacts, including, but not limited to, the high potential to create gaps that prevent students from mastering the full range of mathematical content, skills, and application of those skills. These gaps impact the future mathematical success of our students as they take more advanced level mathematics courses.  Because of this high potential to create gaps, we intentionally do not provide study guides or packets of practice problems to prepare for the placement exams.  We want the exam results to be an accurate representation of student mastery and readiness.  

    How ad when will I be notified of our options?

    See the timeline of events.

    What do I do if my child just tranfered into the district?

    See the timeline of events.

    Other Questions?

    Contact mathacceleration@district65.net