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Middle School Advanced Math Program

Middle School Math Placement

The goal of middle school math is to scaffold grade level standards for students and to provide challenge through Depth of Knowledge (Webb, 2006). Middle school math allows students to develop their math skills and to build a foundation helping to make them successful in high school math courses. Incoming sixth grade students will have the opportunity to be placed into Math 6, Advanced Math 6, or a subsequent grade level math class. In advanced math courses, teachers will embed above grade level standard when appropriate.

Requirements for Placement into 6th Grade Advanced Math:
  • Students must meet two out of the three NWEA testing requirements:
    4th Grade Spring score (80th percentile)
    5th Grade Fall score (80th percentile)
    5th Grade Winter score (80th percentile)
    5th Grade Spring score (80th percentile) This score is reviewed during the Appeals Process.
  • Classroom performance (grades and teacher input).
  • Sixth grade math placement test. This test will be given at each elementary school and will be timed.
  • Other assessment data will be consulted.

 

Student data will be reviewed by the Placement Committee as part of the final placement process.
 
 

Procedure for 6th Grade Placement into Higher Level Math Courses:

  • For 6th grade students wishing to be placed into 7th Grade Advanced Math the following must occur:

    Students must earn a score of 90% (+2/-2) or higher on the 6th grade placement test. They then must earn a score of 85% (+2/-2) or higher on the 7th grade placement test. 

  • On the occasion that a 6th grade student is extremely math precocious, and earns a 95% (+2/-2) or higher on the 7th grade placement test; if the parent requests, the student can take the 8th grade placement test and must score 85% (+2/-2) or higher for an Algebra I placement.
For movement from grade level math into Advanced Math:
  • 80th percentile NWEA
  • 95% or higher on local assessments
  • Classroom Performance
  • Tier changes are handled by student's math teacher

Appeals to Office of Instruction

This appeal, made to the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, must provide substantial evidence that a student will be successful in the higher math tier. 

Requests must be received by June 26, 2023. Upon receipt of the appeal request, the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction will convene a review team, which will be comprised of at least two other educators. The review team will meet by the end of June to review all appeals submitted to date.

Appeals will not be accepted after June 26, 2023. Notification of the decision will be sent to the family within one week of the review team meeting. The decision of the appeal review team is final.

The following can be included in the appeal, which should be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services:

  • A letter from the family/caregivers clearly detailing their reasoning for desiring advance math placement at the next tier.
  • A statement from the student detailing his/her reasoning for desiring acceleration.
  • Demonstration of the student’s aptitude and/or achievement in mathematics.

    The following may be included as part of the appeal request:
  • Examples of the student’s work done through NPS or through an outside entity.
  • Performance through academic math competitions.
    The appeal and the student’s compiled academic record will be reviewed. If deemed necessary by the Assistant Superintendent, a meeting with the family/caregivers will be held to gather additional information.
 

Forms

This form is for students currently entering 6th grade who are new to Northville Schools, and would like an opportunity to test for placement into Advanced Math 6.
 
This form is for students currently entering 7th or 8th grade who are new to Northville Schools, and would like an opportunity to test for placement into Advanced Math 7 or Algebra 1.
 
This form is for students currently enrolled in Advanced Math 6 who have met the posted criteria and would like an opportunity to test out of 7th Grade Advanced Math.
 
This form is for students who would like to appeal their math placement for the 2023-24 school year.
 
For information about testing out of high school courses (for example Honors Math 8/Algebra I and Honors Geometry), please see this link:
https://nhs.northvilleschools.org/apps/pages/testing