Rockwood is committed to the academic and personal success for every student. This includes providing an education with high academic standards and rigor that promotes academic development. It is important for parents to understand the components of math acceleration as educators work to provide the most appropriate math instruction for students and their learning.
What is math acceleration?
Math acceleration moves students through math curriculum at rates that are faster than the typical pace of the curriculum. It matches the level and complexity of math curriculum to the readiness and motivation of the student. Math acceleration is aligned with Rockwood Policy 2535 – Student Academic Acceleration.
What kinds of math instruction are available for students?
Teachers have a variety of methods for math instruction, including:
· Subject-matter acceleration – For part of the school day, students are placed in classrooms with students at a higher grade level for advanced math instruction.
· Classroom differentiation – Students remain in their classroom and teachers use a variety of instructional approaches to modify content and processes in response to the learner’s readiness and academic needs.
How will teachers determine what is appropriate math instruction for my child?
Teachers will use multiple sources to ensure students are receiving challenging math instruction: student performance in the classroom, score on the end-of-course exam, scores on the MAP Terra Nova assessments, and teacher observations.
Who will take an end-of-course exam to determine math acceleration for the coming school year?
All students enrolled in 6th Grade Math and 6th & 7th grade Pre-Algebra.
When will parents be informed if math acceleration is suggested for their child for the 2013-2014 school year?
Parents will be notified by May 6th. If you do not receive a notification, please be assured that your child will be enrolled in the next sequential math course.
Is there an appeal process if I want math acceleration to be reconsidered for my child?
Yes. Parents can complete a Parent Appeal Form by May 15th. Please note that parents have one opportunity to submit an appeal form during the math acceleration process.