Accelerated Science and Math

Goff Middle School offers accelerated programs in science and math. The criteria for placement are provided below.

Criteria for placement in Accelerated Science

  • Teacher recommendation
  • Statement of Interest
  • Placement test
  • Level 3 and/or 4 on NY State Science (Grade 4), Math (Grades 3, 4 and 5) and ELA (Grades 3, 4, and 5) Assessment
  • Final Science average of 90
  • Final Exam 90

Criteria for placement in Accelerated Math

The following is the criteria for 6th grade students who are interested in the 7th grade accelerated math class:

  • Students must have a final average in mathematics of a 94% or better at the end of 6th grade
  • Students must have 2 out of the 3 scores on the NYS Math Assessment (3rd, 4th and 5th grade) be a level 4
  • Teacher recommendation

Once students are accepted into the program:

  • At the end of week 10 (Q1), the grade 7 Accelerated Math Teachers would review the student’s progress at Week 10. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (<87% average) a warning form letter would be sent home to the parent as well as a request for a parent conference. At this meeting, the teacher would remind the parent of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course, review the unsatisfactory work and recommend remediation strategies. The parent would sign off on a form letter indicating that the meeting had taken place, and agreeing to support the remediation plan.
  • The grade 7 Accelerated Math Teachers would review the student’s progress at Week 15. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (<87% average) a warning form letter would be sent home to the parent reminding them of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course.
  • At the end of week 20 (Q2), the grade 7 Accelerated Math Teachers would review the student’s progress. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (<87% --that includes Q1, Q2 and A1) the student will be removed from the class and into a grade 7 regular math course.
  • At the end of the year, the grade 7 Accelerated Math Teachers would review the student’s progress. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (<87% final average), the student will be placed in the grade 8 regular math course for the following school year.
  • At the end of the year, the grade 7 Accelerated Math Teachers would review the student’s progress. If the student is deemed satisfactory (>87% final average), the student will be placed in the Algebra Regents class in grade 8.

This criterion will be strictly enforced to maintain the validity and efficacy of the program

Students in 7th Grade Regular Math:

Students who have a final average of 95% in 7th grade regular math and have achieved level 4’s on 3 of the 4 state assessments will be given the opportunity to take a placement exam in July for placement into the 8th grade Algebra. Materials will be provided to parents with ample time to prepare their child for the placement exam. Students need to receive a score of an 85% to be accepted into the class, provided seats are available. Two students took advantage of this placement exam last summer and one was accepted into the program.