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  • 5th to 6th Grade Math Acceleration

    In the Upper Merion Area School District we are proud to offer acceleration in mathematics in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Each year we use a process specific for each grade level to identify students to accelerate in mathematics. This gives students four chances at acceleration starting in 4th grade.

    There are two paths students may take going into 6th grade:

    • 2-year accelerated path
      • Only math acceleration path available coming out of 5th grade. 
      • Recommended for 5% - 10% of incoming 6th grade students.
      • An extremely rigorous path intended for students who would like a math and science heavy focus for high school.
      • Students on this path will take Pre-Calculus during their 10th grade year and AP Calculus during their 11th grade year.
      • Students skip 6th grade math and take Pre-Algebra as a 6th grader. 
      • If a student doesn’t qualify for this path at the end of 5th grade, there is an opportunity to qualify for math acceleration at the end of 6th grade and 7th grader. 
    • On-Grade Level
      • Recommended for 90% - 95% of incoming 6th grade students.
      • Students take 6th grade math as a 6th grade student.
      • A path intended for students who enjoy math and would like a balanced experience between the humanities, mathematics, and sciences in high school.
      • Students complete Algebra 1 in either 8th or 9th grade. 

    Please see the visual diagram of the different paths a student may take over the next few years. There are three opportunities to accelerate into the 2-year accelerated path: (1) Entering 5th grade, (2) entering 6th grade, and (3) entering 7th grade. The 1-year accelerated path is offered after 7th grade when a student is entering 8th grade.

     

    Accelerated Paths

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    Math Acceleration Data Criteria

    If a student meets the criteria listed below in either option, they will have the opportunity to accelerate.

    1. Option #1: School Based Test Scores - 3 years of test scores
      • All available test scores are from 3rd and 4th Grade EM4 Unit Test Scores.
      • 5th Grade Math report card grades. (Quarter 1, 2, 3, and 4)
      • Your child's scores and a cut score to qualify will be shared in late June.
    2. Option #2: State-Based Test Scores
      • The Pennsylvania System School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment, which is given to all students in grades 3 – 8. The scores from these tests provide students, parents, and educators with an understanding of student performance related to the mastery of the PA Core academic standards for each grade level.
      • 5th Grade Math PSSA Test Score.
      • Your child's scores and a cut score to qualify will be shared in late June.

     

    Appeal Process

    If you disagree with the decision about acceleration for your child, you may appeal the decision. An appeals process is in place for two reasons: (1) If your child did not qualify and you would like to appeal the decision or (2) if your child did qualify and you would like your child to stay on-grade level in math.

    If you would like to appeal the decision, please contact Dr. Sean Gardiner directly at sgardiner@umasd.org. Please include the following in your email the following:

    1. Your child’s name.
    2. Your child’s current grade level.
    3. The reason you are appealing the decision.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Sean Gardiner directly at sgardiner@umasd.org. All math acceleration decisions are handled through the Curriculum & Instruction office and not by individual teachers or building principals.

     

Last Modified on March 25, 2022