April 7, 2014
Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test Results
The Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test is given to all 7th graders at WS during the spring norming dates to determine if any students are ready for Algebra 1, a high school math course, as 8th graders.
This is one unit of measure we explore to determine readiness. We also look at each student’s daily work in math class; their homework, test and quiz grades; their independent working skills; if they enjoy a challenge; their report card grades; if they are a nimble thinker; as well as their attendance, class participation, problem solving skills, and task commitment. Algebra 1 is a rigorous course and not one meant for 8th graders, necessarily.
We had outstanding math students in 7th grade at this time last year, but not enough to offer an Algebra 1 class at WS. A strong IAAT score would be in the 90 percentile and above, with a stanine score of 8 or 9.
Here is an analysis of this year’s IAAT results:
The IAAT exam was given by Diana Day, WS Math Teacher, on March 25, 2014. Twenty six students took the test, 13 girls and 13 boys.
Twelve students scored in the 90th to 99th percentile. Six were girls and six were boys. All twelve students will be recommended for Algebra 1, (but their parents will have the final say in whether or not they will be in the Algebra 1 class for FY 15, as an 8th grader).
Three students scored in the 80th to 89th percentile. Two were girls and one was a boy. They are very strong math students, but not quite ready for Algebra 1.
Eleven students scored less than 80% on the IAAT, but did very well overall for such a hard exam.
The FY 15 roster and schedule is not complete at this time, so I am unsure who will be teaching Algebra 1 next year.
A letter will go home soon to each 7th grader, announcing their score on the IAAT. If the school feels an individual student is ready for Algebra 1 as an 8th grader, the letter sent home will indicate such.
Please feel free to call the school if you have questions or need more information.
JeanMarie K. Oakman, WS Principal