For fifth grade students, Eanes ISD offers grade level “5th Grade Math” AND “5th/6th Grade Compacted Math” which is a course of accelerated instruction when two grade levels of math are taught in one school year. This path for accelerated instruction is in addition to 6th/7th math class already offered to incoming 6th graders - in essence, we have multiple “on-ramps” into accelerated instruction for students; fifth grade, sixth grade, and again in high school. The opportunity presented in 5th grade is not the only time to accelerate math instruction.
You will be given the choice to enroll your child in 5th Grade Math or, if your child meets all qualifications, 5th/6th Compacted Math in May 2017. This is a choice that needs to be made carefully after reading through all the information provided and if needed, after consulting with your child’s fourth grade teacher at the end of the year.
There will be 2 options given at the end of your child's 4th grade year.....
Option 1: 5th Grade Math
This option will entail mastery of the 5th grade TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and the 5th grade math curriculum. Students will continue to receive enrichment when math concepts are mastered quickly and can be provided math enrichment or additional instruction during Focused Instruction Time (FIT). This math class will include whole group and small group instruction. Content will be provided at the same pace your child has experienced in previous grades – a full year of instruction mastered over the course of one school year. Your child’s progress will be continually evaluated in 5th grade math class. Students in 5th grade math will take the 5th grade STAAR exam and the district end of course exam.
If your child does not meet the passing standard on the 4th grade STAAR math exam or received RtI or FIT math support in 4th grade, your child will automatically be placed in 5th grade math.
Option 2: 5th/6th Grade Compacted Math
This option will entail mastery of all 5th grade and 6th grade TEKS in one school year. Instruction will move at an accelerated pace, and students will be expected to maintain the pace without tutoring, additional homework or without additional practice. This class is designed for students ready, willing, and able to reach mastery of concepts quickly. Students in the 5th/6th Compacted Math will take the 5th grade STAAR exam. As well, they will take the district-developed 6th grade end-of-year assessment. Students whose overall performance in 5th/6th math class, STAAR results, and end of year course exam indicate solid mastery of 6th grade math, will be placed in Pre-AP 7th grade math when entering middle school.
We will continually evaluate student progress. A student’s grades, participation and engagement in class will serve as indicators for teacher evaluation of your child’s placement. Students will be expected to score 80% or higher on major assessments. Your child’s teacher will notify you with a progress report if there are any indications that your child is struggling to meet the pace and expectations for 5th/6th Compacted Math. If a student’s performance continues to fall below the 80% expectations on assessments, your child will be placed in 5th Grade Math. Appeals to modify this expectation will not be entertained. Again, careful consideration for appropriate initial math placement is extremely important to avoid unpleasant changes of class settings during the school year.
The decision for selecting the appropriate math placement requires honest reflection and consideration about motivation, pacing and ability to grasp mathematical concepts. Instruction in both 5th Grade Math and 5th/6th Compacted Math will be rigorous. The difference between the two courses is the pace of instruction and increased number of skills required for mastery in one school year.
In summary, the decision for your child's 5th grade math placement please consider the following:
- Students MUST maintain an 80% average or higher on all assessments.
- Students MUST pass the 4th grade STAAR math exam to be placed in 5th /6th Compacted Math.
- Students participating in RtI or FIT for math support in 4th grade are not eligible for 5th/6th Compacted Math and will be placed in 5th Grade Math.
- Discuss and select the math path best suited to your child’s current needs for fifth grade, understanding that the path to acceleration and higher level math classes is not limited to this one decision.
- Remember, this is an academic decision, not a social one.
- Reflect on your child’s math performance in kindergarten through 4th grade by considering past performance in class, report cards, STAAR results, and teacher feedback provided throughout your child’s elementary experience. .