Information and criteria for 5th grade math acceleration
6th Grade Online Math for 5th Graders
A2 Virtual+ is excited to be able to be offering 5th-grade students access to an online Math 6 course in place of their 5th-grade math course again next year. This is an option that is through invite after formally applying within the deadline. The requirements for this opportunity are explained in the informational presentation. The application will be posted beginning April 19, 2021, after 11 am, and will close on May 21, at 3 pm.
All materials need to be received by the Math Committee c/o firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3 pm on May 27, 2021.
All information regarding how to apply, what to include, and where to send the application is included in the presentation. Please do not email questions until you have attended or reviewed the presentation which will be posted on the webpage no later than April 12, 2021.
Parent Presentations (you only need to attend one, the presentation will last 45-60 minutes and will be followed by 30 minutes of Q & A):
March 23 - Virtual 4th Grade Parent Information Night - 5:30 pm https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/92766024567
April 8 - Virtual 4th Grade Parent Information Night - 5:30 pm https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/98550867104
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
To help you determine if you want to learn more about this program the following is a general overview of the criteria we look at when selecting students for this program.
Criteria for acceptance into 2021-2022 Accelerated Online Math for 5th Graders
A student should meet the following 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. This is an important criteria and is explained in full during the presentation. (For reference: the top 10% of 4th-grade students during Fall 2020 had an NWEA Math score of 227 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 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.
- The most current M-Step scores in math need to be high.
- 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. and will be discussed during the presentation) 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.