The Math Program in District 34 offers advanced (grades 4 and 5) and accelerated (grades 6-8) options for students.
Belief Statement 1:
By grade 4, some students show signs of readiness for more advanced math instruction. Advanced students show readiness to apply newly acquired skills sooner than peers in the non-advanced courses. While differentiation is necessary in all courses, having a separate course for advanced students allows for a different instructional approach.
Belief Statement 2:
Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards recommends compacting curriculum for accelerated learners in grades 7 and above. As District 34 is a high performing district, we begin the compacting for our Double Accelerated group of students in grade 6. Our Single Accelerated students begin learning a compacted curriculum in 7th grade, as recommended in Appendix A.
Belief Statement 3:
Advanced and Accelerated math students should demonstrate the following qualities:
- Strong mathematical skills and conceptual understanding
- Regularly demonstrated use of the 8 Mathematical Practices
- Consistent exemplary work habits and habits of mind