2021-2022 Math Pathways Course Recommendations

 
June 2, 2021
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
This is always an exciting time for students and families. Our current school year is coming to a close and we are preparing for the 2021-2022 school year. This letter will provide you with a brief summary of the math pathways recommendation process for students going into grades 3-8. Through a comprehensive and systematic curriculum review process, we identified the need to: 1) simplify and clarify our mathematics pathways chart; 2) narrow the range of student readiness levels in our mathematics classrooms, and 3) consider the most appropriate and available data points for making mathematics course placement recommendations.  
Math Pathways Chart K-12
Below please find a copy of our math pathways chart. Beginning in grade 3, the “compacted/extended” pathway is available for students. The traditional pathway courses are referenced as the “current” pathway in an effort to clarify the similarities and differences. Both the compacted/extended and current pathways prepare our students to take calculus in high school. The units planned for each course and the approximate time allotted for each unit are the same. The compacted/extended pathway courses are built from the foundation of our current courses with certain topics compacted (shortened or eliminated). This compaction provides our teachers with opportunities to extend learning opportunities for students who have demonstrated the ability to quickly understand complex mathematical concepts.  
 
Math Placement Matrix
To identify which students we believe would benefit from being placed in each pathway, we developed a mathematics placement assessment matrix to guide our decision-making. The assessment matrix combines multiple data points using standardized test results, classroom test results, and teacher recommendations. These multiple data points helped us make the most appropriate placement recommendation for your child. We understand students develop socially and academically at different rates and therefore review pathway recommendations annually so that students are able to move flexibly between pathways as their needs demonstrate through multiple performance data points. 
 
2021-2022 Student Course Recommendation
Our goal in this recommendation is to place your child in a learning environment with a level of challenge that is just out of his/her reach. We want your child to stretch and grow without becoming frustrated or bored. Based upon analysis of your child’s assessment information, we will be sending out course recommendations via a notification being sent from Sapphire on _______________.
 
Community Presentation
We have recorded a presentation and linked it to our website for review. You can locate it by clicking on “Academics” and “Math Pathways” or directly by visiting www.pinerichland.org/mathpathways. We appreciate your willingness to view the podcast to gain an understanding of the process for placement and the available, flexible math pathways offered to our students. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher for more information. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this important letter! We look forward to partnering with you to help your child continue to grow in the coming school year! 
 
With Gratitude and Respect,
 
 
Dr. Kristen M. Justus
Assistant Superintendent
for Elementary Education & Curriculum
 
Mr. Steve Smith
Eden Hall Upper Elementary School Principal
 
Dr. Greta Kuzilla
Hance Elementary Principal
 
Mrs. Jenna Sloan
Richland Elementary School
 
Mrs. Kelly Gustafson
Wexford Elementary School
 
Mrs. Paula Giran
PRVA+ Elementary Principal