# Identification Matrices

## Beth Tsoumas

*Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction*

# Matrices

**MAP Scores:**The MAP scores that are used in the matrices are calculated by taking a student's percentile average (using the best four out of the most recent five administrations) rather than the most recent RIT score.

**CogAT Scores:**The CogAT scores that are used in the matrices are from the most recent administration, either 2nd grade or 5th grade.

**Student Performance Rating Scale Score:**The Rating Scale scores used in the matrices are from the current school year.

# Pathway Point Totals

# 4th - 5th Grade

Rationales for Course Determination According to Point Totals

__7 - 10 Points:__ Advanced Math

Point totals of 10, 9, 8, and 7 on the matrix will result in automatic placement in Advanced Math. Teacher feedback shares that students in Advanced Math should have no lower than 80% on the Math MAP to meet learning expectations in the classroom. When students earn 7 or more points on the matrix, at least 1 point has come from the Math MAP score (which is 80% average). All students who automatically place in Advanced Math will have at least an 80% Math MAP average.

__3 - 6 Points with 80% or above on Math MAP:__ Grade Level Math

*Phase 2 for Advanced Math*

Point totals of 6, 5, 4, or 3 will result in automatic placement in Grade Level Math. Students who earn 3-6 matrix points with at least one point coming from the Math MAP (80% or above) would be advocated for by the District in Phase 2. Past data has shown that the Math MAP score was the most important factor in determining success in Advanced Math. We wanted to be sure to capture students who have strong enough Math MAP scores, yet also be inclusive of students who scored point totals in the 3-6 range on the matrix.

__0-2 Points:__ Grade Level Math

Point totals of 2, 1, or 0 on the matrix will result in a Grade Level Math placement. There are too many areas students can lack points on the matrix to support District advocacy for Phase 2 for Advanced Math for students who have 0-2 points on the matrix.

# 6th - 8th Grade

Rationales for Course Determination According to Point Totals

__8 - 10 Points:__ Double Accelerated Math

Point totals of 10, 9, and 8 will result in an automatic placement in Double Accelerated Math. In order to earn 8 points or above on the matrix, a student must have a Math MAP average of at least 94%. Teacher feedback shares that students who have a Math MAP average of around 90% are appropriately placed in Double Accelerated Math. Therefore, students who have earned 8-10 points on the matrix are appropriate for the Double Accelerated pathway.

__7 Points:__ Single Accelerated Math

*Phase 2 for Double Accelerated Math*

A point total of 7 will result in an automatic placement in Single Accelerated Math and have Phase 2 District advocacy for placement into Double Accelerated Math. This is how we can advocate for students who score below 94% on the Math MAP but may still be best suited in the Double Accelerated pathway. Our current data shows that students who score a 7 on the matrix often have a Math MAP average of 90% or above. Students who earn 7 points on the matrix cannot have a Math MAP score below 80%.

__5 - 6 Points:__ Single Accelerated Math

Point totals of 7, 6, and 5 will result in an automatic placement in Single Accelerated Math. Current data shows that students who score 5 points or more on the matrix have earned at least 1 point from Math MAP. Those who did not were often above the 70th percentile on Math MAP or their other scores on the remaining components of the matrix (mainly the Student Performance Rating Scale) show to be strong enough to lead to success in this pathway.

__4 Points with 68% or above on Math MAP:__ Grade Level

*Phase 2 for Single Accelerated Math*

A point total of 4 will result in automatic placement in Grade Level Math. Students who earn 4 points on the matrix and have a Math MAP average of 68% or higher result in Phase 2 (District advocacy) for placement into Single Accelerated Math. Current data shows that students who score in the 70th percentile on Math MAP who also had a 4 on the matrix show as successful in this pathway. We will consider students with Math MAP of 68% and above to be more inclusive.

__0-3 Points:__ Grade Level Math

Point totals of 3, 2, 1, or 0 on the matrix will result in a Grade Level Math placement. There are too many areas students can lack points on the matrix to support District advocacy for Phase 2 for Single Accelerated Math if they have 0-3 points on the matrix.

*Grandfathering:*

*When a student has successfully completed a 4th or 5th grade Advanced course or a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Accelerated course, they will be grandfathered into the next course on that pathway regardless of the score earned on the Identification Matrix.*

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