Advanced Learning Math Placement
Each math course in the continuum is required as a prerequisite for enrollment in the next course in the progression. On occasion, a student may need to be accelerated beyond one year, such decisions are made at the elementary school level and are based upon pre-assessment results only. Parents may not enroll their child in a course beyond the next course in the progression. Below is the continuum of math placement for the typical student receiving advanced learning SCS with one year of acceleration:
|Grade Level||Math Course|
|2nd||Math Expressions 3|
|3rd||Math Expressions 4|
|4th||Math Expressions 5|
|5th||Gifted Integrated Math Topics 1 (IMT1)|
|6th||Gifted Integrated Math Topics 2 (IMT2)|
|7th||Gifted Algebra 1|
|9th||Gifted Algebra 2|
|10th||IB Mathematics HL 1|
|11th||IB Mathematics HL 2|
|12th||Further Topics or AP Statistics|
In Bellevue School District, all students are already accelerated in mathematics by one year due to compacting 6th – 8th grade math standards into 6th and 7th grade, resulting in all students prepared for Algebra 1 in 8th grade. In the advanced learning self-contained and domain-specific models, students are automatically accelerated by an additional year, meaning that all students are accelerated in math by at least two years.
Updated Math Acceleration Process for students entering 6th grade in 2021-22
The math acceleration process has been updated and is now part of the advanced learning identification process. There is no longer a need for families to register for summer self-study or summer school, as all 5th grade students are considered. This update allows for us to analyze multiple data points for each student in order to determine if there is a need for acceleration in math.
During the fall of each year, multiple data points are collected for all 5th grade students. A multi-disciplinary team collects and analyzes math achievement data to determine which students show potential need for higher level math instruction. Data to be collected and analyzed for each 5th grade student includes the following:
• STAR math assessment results (3 most recent test scores, if available)
• Freckle math assessments and assignments
• Classroom math performance
• Specific observational data
In early January, parents of students whose data indicates consistent performance well-beyond grade level are notified and asked to provide authorization for their child to participate in further math assessments, which will measure conceptual understanding of higher-grade level topics. Results of the assessments, along with previously collected data, are utilized to determine if a student is in need of advanced learning math services and acceleration with placement in Integrated Math Topics 2 during 6th grade. Parents of students who participate in the math assessments will receive results by early April.
Courses offered outside of Bellevue School District
Because there are no equivalent courses outside of BSD for GMSP IMT1 and GMSP IMT2, and because these courses are foundational to students’ future math success, students must complete these courses during the regular school year. Students currently enrolled in GMSP IMT2 or beyond and wishing to enroll in a course outside of BSD, from an approved institution or online provider, may request approval from the Bellevue School District prior to taking a class by completing the Outside Learning Experiences form. Students taking outside learning courses must pass the course and then present the transcript or grade report to their counselor in order to move forward in the math sequence.