Regardless, students are shuffled from one grade level to the next without anyone giving much thought as to whether the student has mastered the material. Class placement is based strictly on age, and schools across the nation are often reluctant to hold students back or “skip students ahead” with one exception – accelerated math.
Math is the science of patterns. Mathematicians study patterns and relationships. They use a system of structured logic to analyze these relationships which are then often described using one or more of the languages of mathematics. At its core, math is pure logic.
Few parents of elementary school students are thinking about high school advanced placement options. Unfortunately, class placement as early as 4th or 5th grade may have a profound impact on a child’s ability to eventually take advanced placement classes in high school.
This is the first of a series of articles to explain accelerated math options to parents. This installment will explain the math options available in most NJ public schools and how elementary school math placement determines a child’s high school options.