Student Identification for Advanced/Accelerated Programs

Beth Tsoumas

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

Kristine Patterson

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

Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
(847) 998-5007
District 34's Math Identification Process for Advanced/Accelerated Math Program Placement was developed by a Superintendent Math Task Force. The Board of Education approved the identification process in March 2017. The following sections outline the three phases of this process.

 

Placement Identification: PHASE 1

2018-2019 Placement emails sent: March 7th, 5:00PM
The Identification Process begins in January of each school year. *Phase 1 / Initial math placements are determined based on each student's individual scores, which are calculated using the District Identification Matrices. The matrices include student scores from NWEA MAP Math, NWEA MAP Reading, Cognitive Abilities Test, and Student Performance Rating Scale.

Parents are informed by email** of student’s placement.  For additional details regarding placement, including matrix scores, log in to PowerSchool and click on the Math Placement link.

Students may be placed in:
  • Grades 4-5:
    • Grade Level Math
    • Advanced Math
  • Grades 6-8:
    • Grade Level Math
    • Single Accelerated
    • Double Accelerated
*Students who are already on the Advanced or Accelerated Pathway will remain on that pathway unless it has been determined through ongoing communication between the teacher and the parent that Advanced or Accelerated math is no longer the most appropriate fit for the student.  
**Please be sure that emails from District 34 are not set to go to your SPAM folder. 

 

Placement Identification: PHASE 2

Phase 2 is included in the identification process to expand opportunities for students who may benefit from the Advanced/Accelerated program but did not automatically qualify in Phase 1. In this phase, the District advocates for students who miss the cut scores in the matrix for automatic qualification but may, in fact, be good candidates for an Advanced or Accelerated placement.

Students are re-evaluated using additional data from:
  • Supplemental Math Test (taken in March)
  • Teacher Input
Parents are informed by email of the student’s results of Phase 2 in mid-April:
  • Provisional placement into Advanced/Accelerated
  • Grade Level Math

Parents may choose to opt-out of Phase 2 consideration for their child.  Here is a link to the Opt-Out form.

Phase 2 Supplemental Test Information - Spring 2018
Glen Grove:

April 5th at 8:00AM in the LRC
Hoffman:
April 3rd at 8:00AM in the LRC
Pleasant Ridge:
3rd and 4th Grade: April 4th at 1:00PM in the LRC
5th Grade: April 6th at  9:30AM in the LRC
Attea:
March 20th at 10:00AM in the LRC
Springman:
March 22nd at 10:00AM in the LRTC

Placement Identification: PHASE 3

Students who do not place into Advanced or Accelerated pathways and do not qualify or pass Phase 2 can appeal for one more chance to be considered. 

During Phase 3 (Appeals), the following data will be evaluated by a District Appeal Committee:
  • Supplemental Math Test (taken in May)
  • Parent Survey
  • Math Classroom Performance Data
  • Teacher Input

The District Appeal Committee will make a final decision and results will be emailed home to parents.
 

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