A&E Mathematics

Accelerated and Enriched Mathematics


The resolution below was approved by the WW-P Board of Education in December 2015: 


Whereas, the district has long offered opportunities for Accelerated and Enriched Math (“A&E Math”), beginning at the Grade 4 level; and 

Whereas, A&E Math courses are intended for those students who exhibit exceptional abilities and/or aptitude, and are intended to provide qualified students with opportunities for faster paced and more in-depth curricular opportunities; and 

Whereas, the District conducted a Gifted and Talented Program Review (“G&T Program Review”) in Spring 2015 and among the areas analyzed by this review was the A&E Math Program, and 

Whereas, the results of the G&T Program Review identified problems with the adequacy of the criteria and selection process for A&E Math in Grades 4 and 5 and the developmental appropriateness of determining a child’s mathematical sequence and mathematical capabilities by a single standardized measure in Grade 3, and 

Whereas, the results of the G&T Program Review also identified that many students who did not qualify for the A&E Math in Grades 4 and 5 were not subsequently being challenged by the  grade level math instruction; 

Whereas, the Administration, with feedback from the Board of Education, has reviewed the results and recommendations of the G&T Program Review for A&E Math in Grades 4 and 5, and, now, therefore be it 

Resolved, that, effective for the 2016-2017 school year, the current A&E Math program beginning in Grade 4 will be discontinued and replaced with a differentiated instruction model that provides for greater access and the development of deep mathematical thinking and understanding to more students while still maintaining a deep and rigorous math program. Students participating in A&E Math in Grade 4 during the 2015-2016 school year will continue with the current A&E Math in Grade 5 for the 2016-2017 school year; and be it further 

Resolved, that the Administration undertake a review of the current selection process for A&E Math , and begin the development of eligibility criteria/qualifications for each such course that are relevant, fair and, to the greatest extent possible, objective; and be it further 

Resolved, that effective in the 2017-2018 school year, the new eligibility criteria/qualifications will be utilized to assess Grade 5 students for placement in the redesigned program to start for students in Grade 6 in the 2018-2019 school year; and be it further 

Resolved, that it is the intention of the Board of Education and the Administration  to continue the overall A&E Math program for Grades 6 through 12.

 

 


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