Exceptions to the Course Sequence in Grades 4 – 7:
The Virginia Department of Education states, if a student demonstrates mastery of content through an end-of-course assessment, the student may accelerate. Consequently, WJCC uses a 50-question end-of-course assessment aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Each question has a value of 2 points. One point is earned for the correct answer and one point is earned for work that demonstrates an understanding of the content. Student work may include mathematical calculations, pictures, and/or words. Students earn 2, 1 or 0 points for each question.
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.
- Family or teacher submits a request to the School Counseling Department of the middle school that their child will attend to assess a student with the WJCC End-of-Course (EOC) assessment for the child’s current math course.
- Coordinator for 6-12 Mathematics, or designee, schedules and administers EOC assessment.
- The assessment is graded using a rubric:
- Students earning at least 80 points are eligible to accelerate into the next course in the sequence;
- Students earning less than 80 points will remain in the current placement.
- The student’s performance by question will be collected in a report available to the family and the student’s home school. The report will provide detailed information on student performance for each question.
- The appeal process is highlighted below.
(Students Enrolled in the Virtual Academy Should Attend Their Home School’s Session)
- The person who requested the process may appeal after receiving the results.
- A WJCC Mathematics Placement Appeal Process Form completed by the parent/guardian, along with any supporting documentation, submitted to the 6-12 Mathematics Coordinator will initiate the appeal process.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students can complete this process once each school year.
Students can complete this process once each school year.