Advanced Math Placement - COVID Update

  • Adjusted Due to COVID-19 Pandemic 

    Due to the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington Heights District 25 modified the placement process for Advanced Math.  This modified process will be utilized for placement for the 2020-21 school year only.


    Advanced Math Philosophy:

    In Arlington Heights District 25, students are typically placed into math at their grade level. Grade level math means students are receiving grade-level instruction aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. Students ready for accelerated instruction at the next grade level are considered for Advanced Math, which begins in fourth-grade. Students in fourth-grade Advanced Math are completing the fifth-grade course, students in fifth-grade Advanced Math are completing the sixth-grade course, and so on.


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  • Advanced Math Placement:

    All third through sixth-grade students are considered for placement into Advanced Math.  The Department of Student Learning reviews the scores from the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Math Assessment and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to determine the students who will be considered for Advanced Math.


    Advanced Math Placement Criteria:

    Advanced Math class placement during the COVID-19 pandemic will be determined by evaluating the following criteria:

      • NWEA Math MAP Score: Arlington Heights District 25 administers NWEA MAP in winter and spring as a universal screener.  The following test scores will be considered for the modified process:
        • NWEA Math MAP administered in December 2019
        • NWEA Math MAP administered in April 2019

    For students in third through sixth-grade, these tests will be used to determine placement into advanced math.  The higher of the two test results will be considered.

      • CogAT Quantitative Score: Arlington Heights District 25 administers CogAT in the fall to all third and fifth-grade students as a universal screener.  The most recent score will be used when considering students for placement in advanced classes.  CogAT was administered to fourth through seventh-grade students who were new to the district this school year.
      • Renzulli Scale for Advanced Math:  Teachers in Arlington Heights District 25 will complete the Renzulli Scale for students who score 93rd percentile or greater on the Math MAP or 134 or greater on the CogAT Quantitative assessment.  The Renzulli Scale will be used to gather information about the characteristics of students in the classroom prior to the beginning of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



    Advanced Math Placement Qualification:

    Students will qualify for Advanced Math based on the following criteria:

      • Characteristics of the student in the classroom prior to the beginning of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Renzulli Scale)
      • And one of the following:
        • Math MAP score of 93rd percentile or greater


        • CogAT Quantitative score of 134 or greater



    For any additional questions, please contact Lisa Szydlowski, Math Coordinator, at