Edgewood Transition Information
May 13, 2020
Parent and Student Orientation Information
Fifth to Sixth Grade Placement Process
FAQ from Dr. Ryan, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Q: Has COVID-19 impacted the placement process?
A: Yes. Typically, Spring MAP scores, a placement assessment, and a rubric completed by 5th-grade teachers have been used to determine placement. With this year’s shift to e-Learning, we will be utilizing data that we already have or can accurately collect. Placement will be determined using Winter MAP scores and the 5th-grade teacher rubric.
Q: How are these data points weighted to determine placement?
A: The placement formula is a multi-step process that uses each data point separately. A student has to meet a minimum score on MAP and on the teacher rubric to qualify for an advanced or accelerated placement option.
Q: What is the timeline for placement?
A: The timeline is as follows:
Placement Letters Sent to Parents - May 15
Parent Response Due - May 29
Final Placement Shared with Middle Schools - June 1
Q: How will I be notified of my student’s placement?
A: You will receive an email with your student’s placement letter attached. If your student qualifies to opt-up into a different course level, the parent will indicate their choice using a linked Google Form.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about placement?
A: It is recommended to begin by contacting your student’s teacher or principal.
Q: How does middle school placement impact my student’s options at the high school?
A: Placement in ELA does not impact placement at the high school. Students who are able to complete Algebra I by their 8th-grade year are able to complete Calculus B/C (AP Calculus) their Senior Year without any doubling up or summer coursework in math. The progression of different math pathways is linked on the District website on the Teaching and Learning Page in the 6th Grade Placement Process section. A direct link has also been provided below:
Puberty Education During Remote Learning
In lieu of our 5th grade in-person puberty workshops, we will be offering a webinar and activities for 5th grade families this year to make sure this important topic is still covered for our students.
Link to Webinar: Puberty 1 – Understanding Changes - (All 5th grade students)
The password is P1C032020
The webinar has two parts:
- Pre-learning video (30 min)
- Facilitator led webinar and activities (60 min)
Please see the parent letters below for links to additional parent support booklets.
Here is more information for you about Robert Crown programs, including Frequently asked Questions. We have used Robert Crown's services to provide informative educational sessions to our fifth grade students in person in the past, and are extremely appreciative of this resource for remote learning.
In addition to this virtual workshop, we will also be offering 'Puberty 2 - Where life begins' for 6th graders when in person instruction resumes. This program includes an overview of Puberty 1, as a means to ensure all students have access to this very important health information.