Monday, March 27, 2017

5th Graders Looking to Test Out of 6th Grade Math

March 20, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:
The district will be offering middle school mathematics testing to current fifth graders who would like to test out of Math 6 for the upcoming school year. The test will assess if students have mastered the State of Michigan mathematics standards that were adopted for grade 6. The test will not measure students’ aptitude levels to learn mathematical concepts, but rather their knowledge of the Math 6 content. Students that demonstrate mastery of the concepts taught in Math 6 will be advanced to Math 7.

Below there is a list of criteria that can help you decide if your child is a good candidate for the test. The list contains a sample of concepts taught in the course. We do not wish to impose unnecessary stress on students who have no intention of testing out of Math 6; therefore, we are requesting your very candid opinion of your child’s current mathematics needs and knowledge to help decide whether your child should take the test.

The test includes multiple-choice questions and short answers questions that require students to show their work and explain their thinking. A list of the content standards that are covered on the test can be found on the district’s middle school math testing website listed below.

Testing will occur between May 1 and May 12 at your child’s elementary school during regular school hours. Families who register for the test will be notified about their school’s test date after the registration window has closed.

Registration for the test will be open until Friday, April 14, 2016. No registrations will be accepted after the deadline.

To learn more about the testing and to register your child, you can access the district’s middle school math testing website by entering the following link in your browser:

If your child has mastered all (or nearly all) of the content and skills taught in Math 6 and has met the criteria listed on the back of this letter, then your student is a good candidate for the test. To register your student, you can either click on the registration link on the website or request and return a paper registration form to the office.

If you have questions, please send an email to
2555 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 • 734.994.2228 •

Student Criteria List
A student who meets the following criteria is a good candidate for taking the middle school mathematics test.

Personal Criteria: The student...
Has consistently scored at the top of his/her previous classes on standardized math tests as well as in class work and on tests
Enjoys math and has a willingness to take on higher levels of mathematics Exhibits good study habits and a strong work effortAsks for more work and more difficult problemsIs mature and would work well with older children

Curricular Criteria: The student...
Can compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples Can use ratios to convert measurement unitsUnderstands the ordering and absolute value of rational numbersCan apply properties to generate equivalent expressions
Can solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of theform x+p=qandpx=qforcasesinwhichp,qandxareallnonnegativerational numbers (For example, x + 9 = 14 and 3x = 36)
Can write an inequality of the form x > c or x < c to represent a constraint or condition in a real-world or mathematical problem (For example, x > 7 or x < 10)
Can find the area of triangles, quadrilaterals, and polygons, and the volume of prisms Can calculate the surface area of a three-dimensional figure using nets made up of
rectangles and trianglesCan display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and
box plotsCan describe a set of data using the median, mean, mode, interquartile range, and mean
absolute deviation of the data 

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