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Middle level math progressions discussed

Middle Level Math Progressions

Parent Meeting Q&A

November 27, 2018


Members of the Math Curriculum Department recently held a parent information session to discuss plans for the Middle Level Math Progression.  The presentation was filmed and can be viewed by clicking on the link below. 

Math Level Progressions Video


Frequently Asked Questions


What are the differences between Pre-Algebra and 7th Grade math?

The content that was previously taught in the course “Pre-Algebra” in 7th

Grade will be the same as content taught in “7th Grade Math” moving forward.

This is a name change for the course.


For students entering 8th grade in the 2019-2020 school year, is the progression

already set?

Students entering 8 th grade in 2019-2020 who are currently in Algebra I as a 7 th

grader will continue on to Algebra 2 in 8 th grade. Students who are in

Pre-Algebra in 7 th grade will be placed in either 8 th Grade Math or Algebra I.


Is the progression going to change in elementary? Are they being prepared for

accelerated courses?

The changes implemented at the middle level will not have an affect on the

content at the elementary level. Teachers at the elementary level will continue

to teach and assess students based on the grade-specific Pennsylvania Core

Standards for Mathematics.


Is Geometry available over the summer?

Yes, Geometry is current available as a course students may take over the



Is there a plan to decrease class size, increase the number of teachers, or add

professional development to help with foundational skills?

The changes in the Middle Level Math Progressions will place students in

courses for which they are developmentally and academically prepared. The

results of having students in the appropriate courses for them will allow for

them to receive the foundational skills they need at each grade level.

In addition, teachers will continue to receive professional development

throughout the school year, including


My child is entering 6th grade from outside the district, how will their placement be


Students who are entering from outside the district will take the placement

assessment prior to the start of the school year (when possible). A time, date,

and location for this will be decided as part of the registration process.


Do you assess the students when they enter 6th grade or before?

Students are assessed at the end of the 5th grade school year for placement

in 6th grade.


Will Algebra 1B be offered next year?

Yes, Algebra 1B will remain for the 2019-2020 school year to accommodate

students who are in Algebra 1A during the 2018-2019 school year.

Would there be a possibility that a student in Algebra 1A could enter Algebra 2?

No, students who are in Algebra 1A must continue with Algebra 1B to obtain the

full Algebra curriculum.


What about a student who is high achieving but does not test well on the

placement assessment? Do they have the ability to accelerate on a different path

(i.e. 6/7 Math or 7/8 Math?

In order for students to accelerate past grade-level content, they must meet

the set criteria. A variety of data points are included as to not rely one on

specific assessment to place students.


My child is taking Algebra 1 in 8th grade, but is struggling. What is the plan for them?

Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss individual situations.


Is there going to be leveling of grade-level math?

The option for leveling in math will begin in 6th grade. Students must meet the

criteria to accelerate past grade-level content. Regardless of placement,

teachers will differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners in their



Does a student have to take the Keystone exam and grade level PSSA?

All students in grades 3 - 8 will take the math PSSA.

Students who complete Algebra I will be required to take the Algebra I

Keystone Exam as part of their graduation requirements.


How are you going to support the students that are very successful with

grade-level courses, but did not meet the requirements for Algebra 1 courses?

Regardless of placement, teachers will differentiate instruction to meet the

needs of all learners in their classes