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    Coe Math Model Updates 2018-2019

    Why are changes to the Coe math model needed?

    1. The overall number of AL (Advanced Learning) students we must serve:
      • 2017-18: 41 in 6th grade math class
      • 2018-19: We have so many 4th grade students in AL “Year Ahead” math that Ms. Gunsolus took one AL “Year Ahead” math class of 28 students, and Mr. Fraser took 10 AL “Year Ahead” math students and taught two distinctly different lessons each math block; otherwise, we would have had 38 students in the 4th grade “Year Ahead” math class.
      • Next year 27% of Coe students are District designated AL students.
    2. Some students who clearly need “Year Ahead” math (yet are not district identified) are not being served.

    What will the math instructional block look like at each grade level in 2018-2019?

    Kindergarten:

    We will leave the current model in place: intervention support from Ms. Wagler for kindergarten students.

    First Grade:

    • Math intervention support from Ms. Wagler, from Sept. until parent-teacher conferences in Nov.
    • During the fall, all 1st grade teachers will ensure the district identified AL math students are covering 2nd grade standards. This time in the fall (Sept-Nov) will give teachers time to assess students and determine placement into “Year Ahead” math. This time will also be used to strengthen foundational math skills.
    • 1st grade teachers will discuss year ahead placement with parents at parent-teacher conferences in Nov.
    • “Year Ahead” Math for 1st grade students will begin Nov. 26 in 2018.

    * Coe staff will evaluate this model in spring of 2019.

    Second Grade:

    There may be a need for two, “Year Ahead” math classes. Ms. Wagler will teach one of these classes.

    Grades 3, 4, 5:

    • At each grade level, there will be 2 “Grade Level” math classes & 2 “Year Ahead” math classes.
    • 3-5 math intervention from Ms. Wagler. (Math Specialist time at Coe for 2018-19 has been increased from .5 to .8 in order to provide intervention as well as year ahead math at grades 1 and 2.)

    Other Math Program Changes & Considerations

    • Starting in 2018-19, newly identified students will be placed in “Year Ahead” math based on their skill level, not based solely on their AL designation.
    • Why? Some students with district AL designation are not ready for “Year Ahead” math while some students are quite ready for “Year Ahead” math, however lack district identification.
    • This change will start in the 2018-19 school year for newly qualified AL students only. If a child was already in “Year Ahead” math, he/she will continue.
    • We want to increase accessibility to “Year Ahead” math for students who are ready, regardless of district AL designation.
    • We want to ensure students don’t have math concept gaps.
    • If a student is not placed in “Year Ahead” math, there is NOT a change to the student’s district AL designation.
    • We want groups to be more fluid. Example: A first grade student who is districted AL identified is not ready for “Year Ahead” math based on our new criteria. During his 1st grade year he makes great strides, so the following year, he is placed in “Year Ahead” math.

    What is the criteria for a student to be placed in Year Ahead Math?

    “Math Class Placement Matrix”

    Key understanding: More than “just” District identified AL students may qualify for year ahead math.

    The following criteria may be used to determine year ahead math eligibility:

    • MAP Math / SBA Math
    • District AL Identification
    • End of Year Assessment
    • Fall Assessment
    • Classroom-Based Assessments (curriculum unit/chapter assessments) Teacher Input
    • Parent Support
    • Summer Year Ahead Workbook Completion (students going into grades 2-5)

    ”I am concerned that my child, while AL identified, may not be assessed as being ready for year ahead math. What can I do?”

    • First, know that not just one assessment will be the determining factor in making this decision. Multiple measures will help us make an informed decision about your child’s math placement.
    • Work with your child this summer on year ahead math skills. Coe will suggest a workbook for you to purchase so that you can work with your child. The workbooks are straight forward. Answers are in the back of the workbook. When children don’t complete the workbook, they often find it hard to keep up with the year ahead class.
    • Know that just because your child is not initially placed in the “Year Ahead” math class, it doesn’t mean he/she will never be placed in “Year Ahead” math at Coe. Students will be placed in the math class that most appropriately meets learning needs.

    Math Practice Workbooks

    Link to purchase practice workbooks for year math: http://www.singaporemath.com/Extra_Practice_s/149.htm