Access to Middle School Advanced Math Coursework
Do you feel like your child is ready for a more accelerated math pathway? In July 2019, the NC legislature passed Senate Bill 500 (An Act to Amend Advanced Mathematics Course Enrollment).
This law allows any student who scores at the highest level on their end of year math assessment to be placed in an advanced mathematics course.
For example, a 7th grade student scoring at the highest level on the EOG math assessment shall be placed in a high school mathematics course in 8th grade (Math 1). Similarly, an elementary student scoring at the highest level will be provided with advanced opportunities in math as well.
We believe students deserve to learn something new each day in each course they take. This level of challenge will prepare our students for success.
If you would like to talk further about your child’s math placement, please contact your child’s school.
Due to COVID-19, students do not have an end of year assessment score. If you would like to appeal your child’s math placement and request testing to determine accelerated placement, please click here.
Also, if you prefer that your child not participate in the advanced math pathway, please contact your child’s school to submit a written request.
Middle School Advanced Math Implementation Guide
This document outlines the process for middle school advanced math course access.
Appeal Request for Access to Advanced Math Coursework
Due to COVID-19, students did not have an opportunity to take an end of year assessment and show their high level of mastery of math content.
If your child is not enrolled in the advanced math course at his/her level and you believe your child should be in the high level course, you may request for your child to take a released version of an assessment using this form.
Compacted Middle School Math Standards
In order to be prepared for high school math in eighth grade, math content should be compacted by the teacher. Math content should not be skipped, but rather taught according to this guide in order to ensure conceptual mastery.
Access to Elementary Advanced Math Coursework
Although elementary students do not have unique courses for advanced mathematics, gifted math students do receive additional support either within the classroom or through pull-out services.
Senate Bill 500 (An Act to Amend Advanced Mathematics Course Enrollment) makes available advanced math opportunities to students who score at the highest level on end-of-grade tests.
- a)“When practicable, local boards of education shall offer advanced learning opportunities in mathematics in grades three through five…advanced learning opportunities are those services and curricular modification in mathematics for academically or intellectually gifted students approved as part of the local plan, as required by G.S. 115C-150.7.
- a1) “When advanced learning opportunities are offered in mathematics in grades three through five, any student scoring at the highest level on the end-of-grade test shall, for the next school year, be provided advanced learning opportunities in mathematics approved for that student’s grade level.”
At the elementary level, this means that these students should receive advanced math instruction or be provided the same math instruction as students identified as gifted.
As we do not have EOG scores from last year, we need to establish a way to identify students who are eligible for placement in advanced mathematics. Schools have been given a variety of criteria which may be used to help include students in high-level math opportunties.
Parents of a child entering grade 4 or 5 who believe their child would likely score at the highest level on an EOG can request their child be administered an assessment to determine eligibility. This assessment has to be administered prior to September 5, 2020.
If your child has not been placed in an advanced math course or advanced math learning opportunity, and you wish for your student to be included in this opportunity, you may request an EOG or EOC assessment through your school's principal.
This request must be submitted no later than Friday, August 27.