When is a student ready for algebra or geometry?

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What scores on the MAP Growth mathematics tests suggest student readiness for algebra or geometry courses?

While the below scores suggest readiness, we recommend considering other information (such as classroom performance) as well as when making placement decisions.

From Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions:

A student score at or above the following scores on a 6+ mathematics tests suggests student readiness for:
  • 230: Introduction to Algebra
  • 235: Algebra
  • 245: Geometry

NWEA researchers looked at student spring math scores on achievement level tests and followed those students who were placed into Algebra classes the next year. Student success in those classes closely correlated with a score of 235. Students scoring 235 in basic math had sufficient math ability to success in Algebra I, regardless of grade level. The other values (230 and 245) are extrapolations from 235.

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