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 of Student||Math Learning Standards Studied||Math Course|
|2nd Grade Advanced Learning||3rd Grade Standards||Illustrative Mathematics Grade 3|
|3rd Grade Advanced Learning||4th Grade Standards||Illustrative Mathematics Grade 4|
|4th Grade Advanced Learning||5th Grade Standards||Illustrative Mathematics Grade 5|
|5th Grade Advanced Learning||6th & 7th Grade Standards||IMT1: Integrated Math Topics 1|
|6th Grade Advanced Learning||7th & 8th Grade Standards||IMT2: Integrated Math Topics 2|
|7th Grade Advanced Learning||9th Grade Standards||Algebra 1|
|8th Grade Advanced Learning||10th Grade Standards||Geometry|
|9th Grade Advanced Learning||High School Standards||Algebra 2|
|10th Grade Advanced Learning||High School Standards||IB Mathematics SL1 or HL1
(topics: Calculus, Statistics, Trig & Analysis)
|11th Grade Advanced Learning||College Level Standards||IB Mathematics SL2 or HL2
(topics of Calc 2, Statistics, Diff Eqn’s)
|12th Grade Advanced Learning||College Level Standards||IB Further Mathematics
(topics of Adv Calc, Adv Diff Eqn’s, Series, Sequence, Groups)
or AP Statistics
Acceleration for IMT1
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.
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)
• Specific observational data
In early February, 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 assessments. 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 assessments will receive results by early May.
The Advanced Learning Department does not recommend skipping math courses or taking summer school math for the purpose of acceleration. We believe it is critical to enroll in a full-year class in order to thoroughly cover math concepts and mathematical practice standards from the Common Core Math Standards with rigor and depth. This recommendation is for ALL students, regardless of academic program, outside math experiences, or perceived ability/capacity for learning. Faster is NOT better. Our experience has shown that many typically high-achieving math students struggle unnecessarily when they get to Algebra II and Pre-Calculus if they have skipped courses or taken summer school math for the purpose of acceleration.
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. The Outside Learning form is for courses taken outside the Bellevue School District. For math, this is only applicable for high school courses beginning with Algebra 1. 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.