At the end of the second quarter, the eighth grade teachers in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language will be asked for their recommendations for placement of the eighth grade students at the High School in Honors, College Prep or Career College Prep. I like to think that I look at the whole student when making that recommendation. The factors I consider include classwork, homework, participation in class, timeliness of homework and projects, missed assignments, class average, and class average on testing.
With the advent of tiered testing at SHMS, the leveled test that a student chooses to take is a paramount consideration for me in making this recommendation. If a student wishes to be considered for Honors level placement in Social Studies at the high school next year, that student must take the challenge level test otherwise known as the Black Level Test. There are eight such tests given throughout the year. Please note that merely taking the test does not guarantee an Honors level placement. I look at that test average as well as the other factors listed above.