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Reading:  students must meet 2 of the 3 following criteria: 

    – Student’s score must be in the 95th percentile or greater for three years prior (meaning that they scored higher than 95% of the other students who took this test)
       > This is an achievement test.
    – Student’s score must be 2 standard deviations above the norm (meaning that they scored higher than 97.7% of the other students who took the same test)
        > Tests student’s abilities in Math, Reading and Language Arts.
        > These tests compare a student’s academic growth over time, as well as predicts their future growth.
    – Student score must be greater than 130
        > This test is given to test a student’s verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative reasoning skills.
4. Teacher Observations/Recommendations: 
– Subject specific
*The ELP program at the middle school is subject specific, students are identified for ELP enrichment reading. ELP students for math are served through enrichment through the math department. See as follows:

Acceleration Options

GMS Mathematics

Accelerating from 4th grade math → 6th grade math:

  • 4th grade students who meet the following criteria will take the 5th grade end of year test

    • Iowa Assessments: 95th Percentile or above

  • Scoring 80% or above on the 5th grade end of year test will have the option to accelerate

Accelerating from 5th grade math → 7th grade math:

  • 5th grade students who meet one of the following criteria will take the 6th grade end of year test

    • Iowa Assessments: Standard Score of 250 or above

    • NWEA: RIT Score of 240 or above

  • Scoring 80% or above on the 6th grade end of year test will have the option to accelerate

Accelerating from 6th grade math → 8th grade math:

  • 6th grade students who meet one of the following criteria will have the option to take the Algebra Readiness Assessment

    • Iowa Assessments: Standard Score of 267 or above

    • NWEA: RIT Score of 250 or above

  • Students scoring below a standard score of 178 on readiness test will take the 7th grade end of year test

    • Scoring 80% or above on the 7th grade end of year test will have the option to accelerate

Accelerating from 6th grade math → Algebra:

  • 6th grade students who meet one of the following criteria will have the option to take the Algebra Readiness Assessment

    • Iowa Assessments: Standard Score of 267 or above

    • NWEA: RIT Score of 250 or above

  • Students scoring a standard score of 178 or above on readiness test will have the option to accelerate to Algebra

Accelerating from 7th grade math → Algebra:

  • Every 7th grade student will take the algebra readiness test

  • 7th grade students who meet 3 of the 4 requirements will have the option to accelerate

    • 1st semester Grade: A- or above

    • Iowa Assessments: Standard Score of 270 or above

    • Algebra Readiness: Standard Score of 170 or above

    • Work completion: no more than 2 missing/late assignments in a quarter

Acceleration, if new to district:

  • New 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will take the NWEA math assessment.  Students scoring a RIT score of 250 or above will take the Pre-Algebra end of year test

    • Students scoring 80% or above will have the option to accelerate to Algebra

    • Students scoring below 80% could take the grade above end of year test to accelerate
The Middle School ELP program offers:
Science Olympiads
Math Olympiads
Differentiated novel studies in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  
 
Additional opportunities:
Battle of the Books (6th grade)
Math Counts