Algebra I Requirements
Two levels of mathematics instruction are offered in eighth grade: Algebra I and grade level.
Placement in the Algebra I program is determined by a child achieving at least 2 of the following 3 requirements:
A score of Advanced of the previous year’s math MCAS 2.0
A mininimum score on the Iowa Algebra Diagnostic Test* of 90 (score ≥ 90),
92.5% or higher on grade 7 Trimester 1 and 2 average**
Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss placement with the SMS administration, teachers, and guidance.
*IOWA is an algebra-readiness assessment that will be timed and given at the end of grade 7.
** Students must be given the most advanced version of work throughout these trimesters
For further information about the sequence of High School Courses based on 8th grade placement and to see a flow chart of courses, please visit the High School Mathematics Department page.