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Middle School Families - See Math Pathways Update

 

As registration for middle school is coming up, we would like to make you aware of changes that have been made to placing students in their math courses via the Math Pathway Process. Please refer to instructions below, based on your student’s current 5th or 6th grade level.

 

For Families of Current 5th Graders:

Effective Spring 2022, the Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) will no longer make a Math Pathway placement decision for each student but rather a Math Pathway placement recommendation. This recommendation will be made based on aptitude (CogAT) and achievement (SBA) assessments taken during students’ 5th grade year. Families will be able to choose whether they feel the recommended Math Pathway is the best fit for their student. If families feel the recommended Math Pathway is not the best fit for their student, they may select a different Math Pathway by filling out a Math Pathways Change Request form online.

 

Previously, families interested in a different Math Pathway filled out an Advancement Request Form, which was formally reviewed by a committee and either approved or denied; this process will no longer be used. Instead, families interested in a different Math Pathway than what is recommended need only fill out a Math Pathway Change Request Form, which will be honored by the District.    

 

The transition to middle school is one that brings with it many changes and challenges. Each family will have unique needs and priorities. Around mid-May, you will receive an email notifying you that you have a letter in your Family Access account outlining SVSD’s recommendation for your student’s initial Math Pathway placement.  It will also include directions for next steps and a variety of resources to support you in making the best decision for your student.  

 

Upon receiving that email, login into Family Access to access this document and click on the Report Cards/Document tab on the navigation menu, found on the left side of the screen. If you need any help with your Family Access account, please contact the secretary at your child’s elementary school.  Should you choose to submit a Math Pathways Change Request form, it will be open for submissions on Friday 5/13 and close on Tuesday 5/31 at the end of the day.

 

If you have additional questions after receiving your Family Access email, please contact your elementary school principal.

 

For Families of Current 6th Graders:

The change to the Math Pathway process pertains to students in the Core Pathway (CC6) who would like to move to the Accelerated Pathway. At the end of the 6th grade year, students have the opportunity to move from the Core Pathway to the Accelerated Pathway.

 

Previously, families interested in moving from one Math Pathway to another filled out an Advancement Request Form, which was formally reviewed by a committee and either approved or denied; this process will no longer be used.  Instead, families interested in moving from the Core Pathway to the Accelerated Pathway will fill out a Math Pathways Change Request form, which will be honored by the District. In moving from the Core Pathway to the Accelerated Pathway, students will be enrolled in CC7-8 as 7th graders, which is a compacted course. 

 

The transition from sixth to seventh grade brings with it changes and challenges, in addition to each family having unique needs and priorities. If moving from the Core Pathway to the Accelerated Pathway is something your family is considering, please keep in mind that CC7-8 covers both seventh and eighth grade standards in one year, resulting in a fast pace that may require more time spent on studying math outside of school. While this is one point to be aware of, there are others to consider.

 

The additional resources linked below are provided to support families in making the best decision for their student. Please review these materials prior to completing the Math Pathways Change Request form online.  The form will be open for submissions on Friday 5/13 and close on Friday 5/27.

 

Resources:

If you have additional questions regarding your 6th grader, please contact your middle school principal.

 

Posted May 2, 2022