5th-Grade Math Acceleration for 2020-2021
The 5th-Grade Math Acceleration Application is closed. All students who were in grade 4 last year were given an opportunity to apply April 20-May 22. No exceptions are being made. New 5th-grade students to the district as of Fall 2020 should contact Cindy Leaman if they believe they qualify.
The Virtual Parent Information Presentation is located below. Please watch even if you had previous children participate in the program. The application process has changed this year due to COVID-19 school closures. Thank you.
Here is a copy of just the presentation slides without audio. All the links will work on this version.
Parents who are interested in having their child apply for the 5th-grade online math program are asked to review the presentation before applying. We will have a virtual Q & A for parents to call in with questions.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6:00-7:00 pm
The 2020-2021 5th-grade math Acceleration Application will open on April 20, 2020, and close promptly at 3 pm on May 22, 2020. All application materials must be received by May 27, 2020, at 3 pm to be considered.
It is highly suggested that all families who are looking to apply should try the free three-hour trial.
6th Grade Online Math for 5th GradersA2 Virtual+ is excited to be able to offer 5th-grade students access to an online Math 6 course in place of their 5th-grade math course. The requirements for this opportunity are explained in the informational presentation. The application will be posted beginning April 20, 2020, after 11 am and will close on May 22, at 3 pm. All materials need to be received by the Math Committee c/o Cindy Leaman no later than 3 pm on May 27, 2020. All information regarding how to apply, what to include, and where to send the application is included in the presentation.The online math courses use a program called ALEKS. We encourage students that are considering the program to spend a couple of hours learning on the platform. There is a free trial that allows students to work for up to three hours within 48 hours of signing up for the trial account.Here is a link to set-up a trial account: https://www.aleks.com/free_trial/consumer
Criteria for acceptance into 2020-2021 Accelerated Online Math for 5th Graders
A student must meet the following minimum requirements:
The parent/guardian must complete Online Learner Readiness Rubric and return with Application Online Readiness Rubric Link
Reading level (925 Lexile)
NWEA Winter 2020 Math Score will need to be within the top 10% of Ann Arbor Public School 4th grade students.
(For reference: the top 10% of 4th-grade students during Spring 2019 had an NWEA Math score of 240 or better. We found that students who fall outside the top 10% are not as successful. This score is a strong indicator.) A review is also made of the student’s NWEA in 2nd and 3rd grade to see the pattern of scoring holds true. This year due to the fact that schools are closed, the 2020 NWEA Math score from Winter will be used. This score is required. The NWEA score weighs heavily in the decision as to the fact that the majority of the grades earned in this program come from tests. Students who are not yet good test takers should wait.
M-Step scores in math from grade 3 need to be high. We won't have grade 4 scores this year.
The student report card should have marks in grade 4, especially Math, that reflect a high meeting of standards (no lower than 3 marks and there should be some 4 marks). This year we will be looking at the first 2 report card markings more closely than the last marking.
Social maturity and the ability to work independently are critical. The Learning/Social Behavior Section of the report card is reviewed. Students should have a mark of "3,4" in all areas.
The current 4th-grade teacher will be asked to complete a confidential developmental readiness survey. Do not request a letter of recommendation from the child's teacher this survey is all that is needed for the application.
The student will need to complete a self-reporting developmental readiness survey.
Also required: provide evidence or discuss other extended math activities that the student participated in either at school or outside of the school day. (examples may include Kumon, Kangaroo Math, Academic Games, etc.) The intent of this requirement is to ensure that students have an interest in math beyond only what is given in class. The committee is not looking for anything specific but expects all students to submit something.
Once accepted, students must follow the Math Acceleration Guidelines.
A course sequence guide for planning purposes is linked here.