7 - Math Course Placement
In March of the 6th grade year, we will assess students for 7th grade math course placement. The majority of 6th grade students will continue onto Math 7. A very small number of 6th grade students show a need for an alternative curriculum.
All students enrolled in 7th grade math are assessed in the spring of 7th grade to determine course placement for 8th grade. Again, the majority of 7th grade students continue onto Math 8. Some 7th grade students show a need for an alternative curriculum, specifically Algebra 1.
Algebra 1 is offered as an elective choice for all students in grades 7 and 8. It can be taken in conjunction with Math 7 and/or Math 8. Algebra 1 is a high school level course, typically taken as a freshman. It is an intense course that requires a lot of hard work and perseverance in problem solving. You can view the course curriculum at https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/domain/320.
How are 7th grade math course placement decisions made?
All students in 6th grade will take the Math 7 End of Course Assessment. The majority of students will be placed in Math 7. Rising 7th graders who are placed in Math 7 and are passionate about math have the option to choose Math 8 as an elective. Rising 7th graders who are placed in Math 8 and are passionate about math have the option to choose Algebra as an elective course.
A small number of rising 7th graders who demonstrate proficiency of 85% or more of the Math 7 content will take the Math 8 End of Course Assessment. Students showing proficiency of more than 85% of the Math 7 content, but less than 85% of the Math 8 content will be enrolled in Math 8. A few students who demonstrate proficiency of 85% or more of the Math 7 and Math 8 content will be placed in Algebra.
The flowchart below outlines the math placement process for rising 7th graders. The results of the math placement exam will be mailed in April.