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RE: Math Acceleration
Posted:
Dec 1, 2008 2:10 PM



Anyone who plans to respond about math acceleration, would you please respond to the listserve? Our district is currently trying to revamp our program and the math teachers are running into a lot of roadblocks from above.
Hopefully anyone who is not interested can just delete quickly....
Thank you,
Lynn Prehn
Galway Math Dept. Chair
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From: ownernysmsmath@mathforum.org [mailto:ownernysmsmath@mathforum.org] On Behalf Of Tozzo, William Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 1:59 PM To: nysmsmath@mathforum.org Subject: RE: Math Acceleration
I would love this information as well.
At what grade level(s) are students identified for acceleration?
Starting in the 6th grade, students are tracked for acceleration in the 7th grade. However, accelerated students can always "Test Into" honors.
How are students identified for acceleration (assessments, teacher recommendation, etc.)?
We use 12 data points including District Benchmarks, State Assessments, NYSML, Marking Period Grades, Teacher Inventory Scale, and the UMAT Test for 7th grade honors and the Algebra Readiness test for 8th Grade Honors. We assemble all of this data into a matrix and calculate a Total Matrix Score to base our decisions on.
Are students only accelerated one year or do you accelerate students two years? Three years?
As mentioned above, accelerated students can test into honors at any point up through PreCalculus, but the 7th and 8th grades are the only years students can be accelerated and be moved into 7 Honors or 8th grade Algebra. After the 8th grade a student can't test into honors from onlevel as he or she would have to skip a grade.
Bill
William C. Tozzo
Mathematics Coordinator 612
Bedford Central School District
P.O. Box 390
Route 172
Bedford, N.Y. 10506
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From: ownernysmsmath@mathforum.org [mailto:ownernysmsmath@mathforum.org] On Behalf Of Leslie Good Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 1:48 PM To: nyshsmath@mathforum.org; nyselmath@mathforum.org; nysmsmath@mathforum.org Subject: Math Acceleration
I am interested in finding out about the processes that districts use in order to accelerate students in math. Answers to the following questions would be greatly appreciated:
* At what grade level(s) are students identified for acceleration? * How are students identified for acceleration (assessments, teacher recommendation, etc.)? * Are students only accelerated one year or do you accelerate students two years? Three years?
Thanks for any and all info! Feel free to email me offline if you would prefer  Leslie_Good@penfield.monroe.edu or lgood44@gmail.com
Leslie Good
Director of Mathematics
Penfield Central School District



