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Miller Advanced Course Offerings

Miller Middle School offers students who qualify the opportunity to take advanced and accelerated coursework in Mathematics and Language Arts.

Students who enroll in advanced or accelerated courses must maintain grades of a B- or better.  If students consistently receive scores at of B- or below, communication from the school to parents will recommend that the child re-enroll in a lower level course.

***All students who enroll in high school level classes will receive a letter grade and this grade will count towards high school GPA (Grade Point Average).

 

7th Grade Options:                                                                             

Language Arts-

  • Students who receive a 85% NPR (National Percentile Rank) on the 6th Grade Iowa Assessments Reading Test can be placed in Advanced Composition and Advanced Literature sections.

 

Note: The Iowa Assessments only measure reading comprehension and does not determine ability in writing fluency and creativity. If you feel your child is NOT an above-average writer, your child is not required to take Advanced Composition.

Mathematics-

There are two mathematics acceleration options for Miller 7th grade students.

One Year Acceleration

  • Students who receive a 90% NPR (National Percentile Rank) on the 6th Grade Mathematics Iowa Assessments can be placed in 8th grade mathematics.  

 

Two Year Acceleration

  • Students who score a 90% NPR (National Percentile Rank) or higher as measured on the Iowa Assessment AND score a 90% NPR on the Iowa Algebra Readiness Assessment can be placed in Algebra I, a high school level course.

  • Once verified by administration, parent permission will be attained to approve their child’s placement in Algebra I.

 

8th Grade Options:                                                                 

Language Arts-

  • Students who receive a 90% NPR (National Percentile Rank) on the 7th Grade Iowa Assessments Reading Test can be placed in English 9, a high school level course.

  • Parent permission will be attained to approve their child’s placement in English 9.

 

Mathematics-

Eighth graders who have successfully completed their 7th grade accelerated mathematics courses will continue on an accelerated mathematics track.

  • If, as a seventh grader, the student successfully completed eighth grade math, he/ she will be placed in Algebra I.

  • If, as a seventh grader, the student successfully completed Algebra I, he/ she will be placed in Geometry.

 


 

These policies were made per School Board Policy 602.12-R, which reads:

Marshalltown High School Acceleration

Placement by Exam/Demonstration of Mastery for High School Course Credit

Student qualifications for request of acceleration by exam or mastery:  

  • The student should rank in the 90th percentile or better in the appropriate content area on a standardized test (i.e. Iowa Assessments, etc.). Reading scores will be considered in the case of Social Studies acceleration.  

  • The student should have earned an A in the most recent course of a similar content area.  

  • Students not meeting the above criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis using alternative assessments.

 

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