Math Acceleration Information

Last year, BSD implemented a process by which students are identified for acceleration in math and/or advanced learning services as they move onto 6th grade. There is no summer self-study process for acceleration.  Instead, all 5th grade students are considered for math acceleration and advanced learning services through a more holistic and inclusive manner.

Throughout the fall, all 5th grade students will be considered for advanced learning domain-specific services in math, which provide students math acceleration to meet their learning needs. This update allows for us to look at multiple data points for each student rather than one assessment score collected in August. A multi-disciplinary team will collect and analyze 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 may include the following.

  • Star Math Assessment results (3 most recent test scores, if available)
  • Classroom math unit assessments
  • Specific observational data

In early January, parents of students whose data indicates consistent performance well-beyond grade level will be 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, will be utilized to determine if a student is in need of advanced learning math services and acceleration to Integrated Math Topics 2 during 6th grade.  Parents of students who participate in the math assessments will receive results in early March.

5th grade District-wide Screening for Advanced Learning Services

Alongside the math screening, the Advanced Learning Department will collect data and screen 5th grade students in literacy as well. Parents interested in their child(ren) being considered for advanced learning services do not need to apply for testing.  Much like the process outlined above, multiple data points will be collected and analyzed to determine a potential need for advanced learning services.  Data to be collected and analyzed for each 5th grade student may include the following.

  • Star Reading Assessment results (3 most recent test scores, if available)
  • Star Math Assessment results (3 most recent test scores, if available)
  • Lexia assessments and assignments
  • Classroom math unit assessments
  • Observational data

 Parents of BSD 5th graders interested in their child(ren) being considered for advanced learning services do not need to apply for winter testing as this process takes place automatically in the classroom.  Parents must apply for summer testing.

The Advanced Learning department is committed to ensuring that Bellevue Virtual Academy fifth grade students are fully screened and given the same opportunity as students in their neighborhood/choice schools in person. As this group of students is learning remotely, we understand that their schoolwork and evidence of progress may differ and may take more time to collect. We are working in partnership with the Bellevue Virtual Academy to ensure that over the next few months we are able to collect the evidence needed for screening.

Parents of private/home-school 5th graders will still need to apply for testing.  Parents will be sent an Academic Data Form to give to their child’s teacher.  The teacher needs to complete the form and return it via email directly to the Advanced Learning Department by November 15, 2021. Students who consistently perform well-beyond grade level in literacy and/or math will be moved into file review for further assessment (see below for next step).  Parents may also submit their child’s most recent report card(s) and any official reading, writing and math achievement data for consideration.

File Review Process

In early January, parents of students whose data indicates consistent performance well-beyond grade level in reading and/or math will be notified and asked to provide authorization for their child to participate in reading and/or math assessments, which will measure conceptual understanding of higher-grade level topics.  Results of the assessments will be analyzed along with previously collected data points by a multidisciplinary team.

  • Students performing in the range of currently identified advanced learning students in reading will be identified for advanced learning domain-specific services in reading.
  • Students performing in the range of currently identified advanced learning students in math will be identified for advanced learning domain-specific services in math.
  • Students performing in the range of currently identified advanced learning students in both reading and math will be invited to participate in CogAT testing for potential identification for self-contained services.

Parents of students being invited to participate in CogAT testing will receive notification with the testing date and location in early March.  All results and identification decisions will be sent to parents by early June.

Please note:  Some students qualify for Domain Specific services in multiple areas, yet scores are not at the level to indicate a need for self-contained services. These student’s needs are best met in the general education classroom through differentiation of instruction.

Service Model

Parents and teachers of 5th grade students newly-identified as in need of advanced learning services will have access to an Advanced Learning Classroom-Based Student Plan via ParentVUE. Each child’s plan will explain his/her strengths as well as provide instructional ideas that the teacher may choose to utilize as needed in addition to the variety of differentiation practices already in place.

Fifth grade students who are identified as in need of advanced learning services will be provided domain specific services in literacy and/or math in a traditional classroom setting at their neighborhood or choice school. Students may continue to receive domain specific services at their school through 12th grade.

Students who are invited to participate in CogAT testing and are identified for full-time, self-contained services (SCS-M) will begin the program in 6th grade.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.