Identification Matrix Components

Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5007

Kristine Patterson

Director of ELL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479

Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
(847) 998-5007

*How students are identified for Advanced and Accelerated Math is currently under review by the Superintendent's Math Task Force. This information will be updated once the task force has made its final recommendations. 

While most students enrolled in the advanced and accelerated courses will be rolled over from year to year, it is possible that additional students will be identified before the start of each new school year.  The historical data that will be considered for each student includes the following scores:

NWEA (Reading and Math)

  • (NWEA) MAP is a norm-referenced measure of student growth over time.  The computer adaptive test adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered previous questions.

Student Performance Rating Scale

MP stands for Mathematical Practices. More information on the Common Core Mathematical Practices can be found at this link.
  • MATHEMATICAL SKILLS/CONCEPTS
    • Understands new math concepts and processes
    • Displays strong number sense, estimating and judging the reasonableness of strategies and solutions easily and accurately (MP1 & 5)
    • Generalizes mathematical relationships and discovers patterns (MP7)
  • MATHEMATICAL PRACTICES
    • Shows a high level of interest and perseverance when approaching a non-routine task (MP1)
    • Draws from a wide range of strategies and switches strategies easily, when necessary (MP1)
    • Successfully communicates and defends mathematical reasoning using objects, drawings, diagrams, actions, and verbal and written communication (MP3)
  • WORK HABITS & HABITS OF MIND
    • Completes homework on time and with accuracy (MP6)
    • Completes in class work independently and with accuracy (MP6)
    • Self directed learner who enjoys challenges and math extension opportunities
    • Exhibits curiosity and seeks creative ways to approach and solve problems that are unique

CogAT (from 2nd or 5th grade)

  • CogAT measures students' reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning abilities have substantial correlations with learning and problem solving, both in and out of school. CogAT's measurement of three different content domains ensures that educators receive a balanced view of the child.