To me the question of correct placement in the 9th grade which means for my schools district either one year or two year algebra is crucial.
Right now we are using a placement matrix which includes such factors as grades in present course, grade is previous courses, TAAS, algebra prognosis test and teacher recommendation. I think we are only doing a semi-good job.
What are the rest of you doing? Does anyone have a method they are satisfied really does the job?
Incidently, TAAS is a test of arithmetic skills where the problems are all in context so some problem solving and reading is intermingled..