The Virginia Department of Education states, if a student demonstrates mastery of content through an end-of-course assessment, the student may accelerate. Student math performance data and teacher recommendation will be used to determine middle school math course placement. If there is not enough data to suggest an accelerated math course placement, then acceleration testing may be appropriate for your child.

Math Acceleration Test Format:

The end-of-course math assessment uses a 50-question, free-response, end-of-course assessment aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Students earn one point for each correct answer and one point for each question that the student writes appropriate work. Students, who earn 80 points, accelerate through their current course and take the next course in the sequence. If students earn between 70-79 points, the Math Coordinator will review the student’s work to determine if accelerating would be appropriate.

Visit the Virginia Department of Education Mathematics website to help prepare for the assessment.

SubjectVDOE Curriculum FrameworkPractice SitePractice Site
Pre-Algebra 6Math 6IXL 6AAA Math 6
Pre-Algebra 7Math 7IXL 7AAA Math 7
Pre-Algebra 8Math 8IXL 8AAA Math 8

Math Course Acceleration Process:

To ensure that a student does not miss content in the new course, the two testing periods for students to be assessed for acceleration are three division selected dates during the window of August 1-25 and a school specific selected date during the first 2 weeks of school in September. For new students enrolling during the school year, the testing period is within 2 weeks of enrolling in a WJCC School.

  1. Family or teacher submits a Math Acceleration Request Form request to the School Counseling Department of the middle school that their child will attend.
  2. The Coordinator for Secondary Mathematics, or designee, schedules and administers the assessment.
  3. The assessment is graded using a rubric:
    1. Students earning at least 80 points are eligible to accelerate into the next course in the sequence;
    2. Students earning between 70-79 points, the Secondary Math Coordinator will review the student’s work to determine if accelerating would be appropriate;
    3. Students earning 69 points and below will remain in the current placement.
  4. The student’s performance by question will be collected in a report available to the family and the student’s home school.
  5.  The appeal process is highlighted below.
Toano Middle SchoolMay 28, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Lois S. Hornsby Middle SchoolMay 29, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Berkeley Middle SchoolMay 30, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
James Blair Middle SchoolMay 31, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
School Board & Central Office (Rm. 108)August 6, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Toano Middle SchoolSeptember 3, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Lois S. Hornsby Middle SchoolSeptember 4, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Berkeley Middle SchoolSeptember 5, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.
James Blair Middle SchoolSeptember 6, 20248:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Appeal Process:

  1. The person who requested the process may appeal after receiving the results. 
  2. A WJCC Mathematics Placement Appeal Process Form completed by the parent/guardian, along with any supporting documentation, submitted to the Secondary Mathematics Coordinator will initiate the appeal process. 
  3. The Math Acceleration Review Team will meet to review all student assessment data and supporting documentation. The Mathematics Review Team will make the final placement for the student and will end the appeal process.  
  4. Parents/Guardians will be notified of the final placement decision within ten business days following the receipt of the appeal form and all required documentation. 
  5. Students can complete this process once each school year. 

Students can complete this process once each school year.