Twentynine Palms Junior High School

Entering Student Placements & GATE Eligibility

ELA Placement

All students, regardless of academic program, are assigned to a grade-level specific, standards-based language arts class. Some students will have the opportunity to move into an accelerated, honors program in language arts based on previous performance indicators. Those indicators are:

  1. Quarterly Benchmark Assessments Scores
  2. Cumulative Academic Marks
  3. English Language Art Placement Test Scores

If a student is new to the school or district and does not have data in any of the above mentioned categories, a placement test will be administered prior to enrollment to determine eligibility for placement in honors courses.

Mathematics Placement

All students, regardless of academic program, are assigned to a grade-level specific, standards-based mathematics class. All seventh grade students will be enrolled in Math 7, or Math Accelerated 7.  All eighth grade students will be enrolled in Math 8 or Integrated 1.  All math classes, regardless of the level are a critical bridge course between elementary mathematics and secondary mathematics. Several indicators will be used to determine placement in the appropriate math class. The goal is for all students to successfully completion of whichever math classes a student is enrolled in.  We realize that all students may not be ready for that challenge and may need an additional year to prepare for this high school graduation requirement course.  Those indicators for placement are:

  1. Quarterly Benchmark Assessments Scores
  2. Cumulative Academic Marks
  3. Math Placement Test Scores

If a student is new to the school or district and does not have data in any of the above mentioned categories, a placement test will be administered prior to enrollment to determine appropriate math placement.

Reading Intervention

Students will be placed in reading intervention based on a needs assessment for reading skills demonstrated on English Language Arts placement testing, quarterly district benchmark exams, and any state testing results that may be available. Students demonstrating the highest need for support with reading will be placed in a reading intervention course. This class is NOT a replacement for core language arts courses. It is designed as an elective to support students who are below grade level in reading. A statistical average of the total number of questions answered correctly of the assessments listed below versus the total possible to answer on those test will be used to determine need. Criteria used for placement are:

  1. English Language Arts Placement Test Scores
  2. Quarterly District Benchmark Strand Scores
  3. State testing scores that may be available

Mathematics Intervention

Students will be placed in mathematics intervention based on a needs assessment for computational skills demonstrated on Math Placement test scores, quarterly district benchmark assessments, and any state testing results that may be available. Students demonstrating the highest need for support with mathematics will be placed in a mathematics intervention course. This class is NOT a replacement for core mathematics courses. It is designed as an elective to support students who are below grade level in math. Criteria used for placement are:

  1. Math Placement Test Scores
  2. Quarterly District Benchmark Strand Scores
  3. State Test Scores that may be available

GATE ELIGIBILITY

According to the California Department of Education publication of the Gifted and Talented Education Program Resource Guide…

What is the Gifted and Talented Education Program?

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