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2020-2021 5th Grade Math Acceleration Application
Window for Applying- April 20, 2020 - May 22, 2020
Parents of a Current 4th-Grade Student,
This is Cindy Leaman, Principal of A2Virtual+ the online program of Ann Arbor Public Schools. One of the programs we offer to students in grade 5 is an opportunity to learn 6th-grade math in an online setting in place of Math 5 learned in the classroom. Last week, I sent out an email with a link to a presentation that explains the program and how to apply it. The 5th-grade math accelerated online program is the only time a parent has to apply to take an online class and Math 6 is the only option for students in grade 5, Beginning in grade 6, parents have the right to request up to 2 online classes every term for their child. We offer all courses for students in grades 6-12.
This year the procedures have changed due to COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order. Students have been working from home for the last quarter of the year and this meant that we don’t have the end of year tests. We normally rely heavily on the Spring NWEA as students have had time to mature and know that they have to give this test their best attempt. We don’t have this test to rely on this year. We are going to be looking at the applications in a different way. We still believe that the NWEA is a reliable indicator of math ability and that it is also an indicator of how a student does when in a testing situation. The online math program has the majority of the final grade determined by tests. (see the presentation for more details)
If your child has a score on the Winter NWEA of 234 or better, they are an independent learner, can easily focus, and do not disturb others, it is very likely that your child will be accepted in the program. If your child did not achieve the cut-off score of 234 we will still be looking at your child’s application and will review the following:
- The last 4 NWEA math scores
- Last year’s M-Step
- 3rd and 4th-grade report grades and comments
- Extended Math Challenges (see the presentation for examples)
- How did the student perform during the remote learning time this year?
- All the surveys. Parent, student, teacher
If after reviewing the above criteria for students who have a winter NWEA below 234 and if we see that it is likely your child will be successful, your child will be accepted on a probationary status for 9 weeks. During the probation period, the student will need to work 7 hours a week (5 days during school and a couple of hours at home) and they will need to be able to learn at least 15-18 topics each week. If we see the student can learn independently and is moving at an acceptable pace, we will remove the probation. If the student is experiencing difficulties, we will have a discussion with the parent and teacher and most likely recommend a return to the classroom. We did accept a few students on a probationary basis this year and all but one were successful. We had one student whose parent asked for the student to return to the classroom because of a lack of interest and motivation on the student’s behalf. We believe that we will have a larger probationary group this year. Our focus still remains at offering the program to the top 10% of the students in Ann Arbor. This does not mean that we have a limit on the number of students we will accept or a cap on the number but keep in mind that looking for the approximate top 10% is limiting in itself.
I recommend that every parent who believes his/her child should be in this program should apply. We only have the one window, April 20-May 22. Once the application closes on May 22 we will not accept any other students. If you apply now and then change your mind, your child can be removed from the program anytime before September 18, 2020. You cannot contact us after May 22 and say that you changed your mind and want your child in the program, you must apply between April 20-May 22, 2020. We do not honor extensions to this deadline. We are trying to be flexible knowing the stress many are under during this time period. We have increased the application window from 3 weeks to 5 weeks. I will be sending weekly reminders. Please complete the application next week if you want your child considered and don’t put it off.
We held two Q & A sessions this week and had many parents join us. Thank you. We are holding one last Q & A session next week, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, from 6 pm- 7 pm.
Join by phone
+1 334-409-1174 PIN: 685 892 094#
You will find below links to various items that you might need during this process. The first links are informational and then the links will move to more practical. We have included the ALEKS Free Trial link that every student should try before applying to ensure that the online platform meets the student’s learning style.
Presentation as a movie with narrative (35 minutes)
Presentation as a slide deck only (all the links work in the slide deck)
Free Trial of ALEKS (highly recommend before applying)
Online Readiness Rubric (needs to be completed by the parent/guardian and submitted with application)
4th Grade Student Survey (needs to be completed by the student before submitting the application but does not get included with parent application packet, opens April 20)
Application for 5th-Grade Online Math Acceleration (Opens April 20 and Closes May 22)