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    Advanced Learning at Coe 

    Coe Elementary has a large percentage of students who test and qualify for Advanced Learning each year, with the majority of those students choosing to remain at Coe. In the 2018-19 school year, 27 percent of students in grades 1-5 are Advanced Learning district-qualified.To meet the needs of students, the Coe staff is committed to an Advanced Learning program that reinforces their current differentiated teaching model. The needs of advanced learners are intentionally identified and met through the design of instruction, which includes rigor and challenge. Classroom teachers provide differential learning opportunities in all areas. 
    Coe’s  math program includes, year ahead classes in grades 1-5. Year ahead math classes are held at the same time as the regular classroom math period. (Block scheduling allows for lower class size during the math block for students working at grade level).  In grades 1-5 students participate in the “Walk to Math”model. Qualified students walk to a classroom to be taught 2nd, 3rd,  4th, 5th and 6th grade math curriculums, respectively. Throughout the year math students have visits from mathematician and retired Coe teacher, Mark Taylor, for discussions of advanced topics in problem solving. 
    As part of its Advanced Learning program, Coe also has the following after school enrichment opportunities: Debate Club and Spanish programs.  Coe’s Math Olympiadteam meets weekly. Math Olympiadhighlights more complex problem-solving techniques and features periodic tests given nation-wide. 
    Coe students who participate in the year ahead math program are district identified through district testing and designated as Highly Capable or Advanced Learner.  District designation does not guarantee that students will participate in Coe’s year ahead math program.  Students must demonstrate the ability to keep pace with the class and have a full understanding of grade level math concepts demonstrated through various assessment measures.  

    A few Coe students who are not district qualified for Advanced Learning but who are able to work a year ahead in math.  Teachers use multiple measures to determine year ahead eligibility. These criteria include test scores from chapter tests, MAP score in mathematics, teacher recommendation, and the score on the end-of-year test of grade level the child would be skipping.  

    Coe’s staff continuously assesses the math program to determine if changes are needed.  In addition, as the district’s math and literacy standards change or are updated, the Advanced Learning teaching staff will identify the best ways to update its curricula to adapt to the new standards. 

    SPSAdvanced Learning Website:  seattleschools.orgAcademics> Advanced Learning 


    Advanced Learning Terms: 


    Highly Capable  

    Highly Capable is the designation assigned to studentwhose achievement test scores are at or above the 95th percentile and whose cognitive test scores are at or above the 98th percentile.   

    Highly Capable Services 

    These are the services offered to all students who meet eligibility criteria for a Highly Capable designation, including but not limited to enrollment in self-contained classrooms. 


    Advanced Learner  

    Advanced Learner is the designation assigned to students whose achievement and cognitive test scores are at or above the 87thpercentile but who are not eligible for Highly Capable Services.  This is the eligibility threshold for the district’s Advanced Learnerprogram.   


    About Mark Taylor 

    Coe’s guest math teacher for grades 3-5 is Mark Taylor. Mr. Taylor has a degree in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University and a masterdegree in education from Antioch University, Seattle.  He has taught math at Coe since 2003. His class consists of exploration of advanced topics in problem solving.   

    In third grade, each unit usually lasts one class period.  In previous years, topics covered included palindromic numbers, the Ulam-Collatz conjecture, Kaprekar numbers, the Monty Hall problem, trapezoidal numbers, Fibonacci numbers, Zeckendorf’s theorem, preliminary algebra, Euler paths, and Euler coefficients.  We also analyze and play math games such as Set, 7 Ate 9, Scopa, Petals Around the Rose,and Prime Climb. 

    In fourth grade, the class has longer units and covers topics more in-depth.  Topics covered in this class may include divisibility rules, the Pythagorean Theorem, square roots, use of pi to compute area and circumference.  Classes have examinedalphameticproblems, platonic solids, perfect, abundant and deficient numbers, factoring and primalityand Frobenius numbers.  Students also play and analyze math games such as Buzz, Bongo, and Prime Climb. 

    In fifth grade, the class concentrates on discrete math: number theory, divisibility, modular arithmetic, remainder theory, and alternative base counting systems.  Later units include advanced analysis of fractions and ratios: converting repeating decimals, Egyptian Fractions, continued fractions, ratios in triangles, and trigonometry.  We sneak a few math games in too. 

    Math with Mr. Taylor has its own homework, tests,and quizzes.