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Timeline for 8th Grade Math Placement

Dear Families and Caregivers of 7th Grade Students,

As we enter the final marking period of your child’s 7th grade math experience, here is the timeline for placement in 8th grade math courses:

  1. By the end of May, the school will communicate your child’s anticipated 8th grade math placement based on their demonstrated mastery of 7th grade content.  This communication will include the demonstrated standards-based scores in each of the following areas:
    • Content Standard: Ratios and Proportional Reasoning
    • Content Standard: The Number System
    • Content Standard: Expressions
    • Content Standard: Equations
    • Process Standard: Communicating Mathematically
    • Process Standard: Interpreting Mathematically
  2. Students who demonstrate standards-based scores of at least 3 on ALL SIX standards and a score of 4 on AT LEAST TWO content standards qualify for placement in Algebra and Companion Math 8.  Students who do not meet these requirements qualify for placement in Math 8.
  3. In early to mid June, students who did not qualify for Algebra through their demonstrated mastery in their 7th grade math class will have the opportunity to demonstrate that mastery through an Algebra entrance exam.
  4. In mid to late June, students who have qualified for Algebra either through their 7th grade math class or through the entrance exam will have the opportunity to test out of Companion Math 8 by demonstrating mastery of the required 8th grade content.  Students who do not test out of Companion Math 8 will be required to take that course during summer school between 7th and 8th grade or during their 8th grade year.
  5. In mid August students who did not qualify for Algebra either through their 7th grade math course or through the June entrance exam will have one more opportunity to test into Algebra.  Students who test in at this time will be required to enroll in Companion Math 8 during their 8th grade year.
  6. Information on the required content for the Algebra entrance exam or the test out of Companion Math 8 can be found on the District’s middle level math webpage https://www.ithacacityschools.org/MSmath

Sincerely,

Carlan Gray
Principal
DeWitt Middle School
cgray@icsd.k12.ny.us
 
Lauren Wright
Principal
Boynton Middle School
lauren.wright@icsd.k12.ny.us
 
Susan Danskin
Math Department Leader
DeWitt Middle School
sdanskin@icsd.k12.ny.us  
 
Kathleen Cole
Math Department Leader
Boynton Middle School
kcole01@icsd.k12.ny.us