Matrix Components

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Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5006
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Kristine Patterson

Director of EL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479
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Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
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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 Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) 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. The math matrix was developed to consider a student's percentile average (using the best four out of the most recent five administrations) rather than  the most recent RIT score.  

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. The quantitative and nonverbal batteries are most significant in determining student success in Advanced and Accelerated math.  Both of those batteries are included as part of our Identification Matrices.

Student Performance Rating Scale

MP stands for Mathematical Practices. More information on the Common Core Mathematical Practices can be found at this link.

  • Understands new math concepts and processes with ease
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

Learn more about our program using the links on the right side of the screen.