The transition from elementary to middle school is an important step for students. One part of this transition is academic—ensuring that students are placed in courses that will continue their learning and offer the best balance of challenge and success. The forecasting process is designed to help fifth graders transition to middle school courses that best provide that balance.
As a part of the forecasting process for mathematics, all students in the Camas School District will be assessed at the end of fifth grade for appropriate placement into sixth grade math pathways. Students who demonstrate a thorough mastery of grade 5 content will be invited to take the grade 6 challenge test.
Based on the results of the assessments, students will be forecasted into one of the following:
- Grade 6 Math – addresses grade 6 standards and mathematical practices
- Compacted Math 6/7 – addresses grade 6 and approximately half of the grade 7 standards and mathematical practices
- Compacted Math 7/8 – addresses grade 7 and grade 8 standards and mathematical practices
*The term “compacted” means to compress content, which requires a faster pace to complete, as opposed to skipping content.
Students identified for the Highly Capable Program during elementary schools may or may not be ready for the pace and level of the Compacted Math 7/8 course. Alternately, students who were not identified for the Highly Capable Program—either because they were never nominated, or they had a strong area of talent in math, but not in verbal or English Language Arts domains—may be ready for the Compacted Math 7/8 course. As with all placements, the decision is based on data that supports the student’s ability to engage at the most appropriate level and pace to continue their growth with the right balance of challenge and success.
Students forecasted into the Grade 6 Math course will be assessed at the end of their sixth grade year to identify those who are ready to take a challenge exam for placement into Compacted Math 7/8.