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Algebra I Placement in Eighth Grade

CCS aligned, topics taught in Algebra I include: Patterns, Solving Equations and Inequalities, Multiple Representations of Functions, Linear Equations and Inequalities and Their Graphs, Systems of Equations, Exponents and Exponential Functions including Growth and Decay, and Quadratic Functions.

Students who have developed strong abstract reasoning skills may be recommended to take this 9th grade high school Algebra I course as 8th graders. 

The data that will be considered for students to be placed in the 9th grade Algebra I course includes, but is not limited to:
  • 6th grade SBAC score
  • 7th grade math course / year-to-date average
  • 7th grade winter NWEA score
  • Algebra Readiness Assessment score

The Algebra Readiness Assessment, which tests knowledge of 8th grade math concepts, will be administered on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017.  Students will need to return a signed permission slip in order to participate in the testing.  The permission slip will be distributed by the NMS math teachers to their 7 Accelerated classes on Marc 27th.  The permission slip will also be available and on the NMS website for any other student who is interested in taking the assessment.

All students will be notified of their math placement for 8th grade by May 19th.  Any student who is not initially selected for placement in the Algebra I course will have the opportunity to be reconsidered in the fall, regardless of cluster placement.  Students who are not currently in the Math 7 Accelerated course and would like to be considered in the fall for placement in Algebra I are strongly encouraged to take the Algebra Readiness Assessment in order to receive constructive feedback.