Sunday, August 02, 2009

Megan Tests out of 7th & 8th Grade Math

I guess this is the week for boasting about the kids.

Megan is switching schools (and school systems) this fall as she starts seventh grade. She'd been getting A's in math in elementary school, and has been doing Kumon math as well. When she heard about the opportunity to test out of seventh and eighth grade math, she said she wanted to do it.

I was a bit skeptical. I'm not a huge fan of skipping classes based on exams -- usually there is a lot of background that is taught that one exam cannot test for. Beyond that, while Megan is an excellent student, she has a high variance of success with standardized tests. I didn't want her mathematical confidence (and enjoyment) to get shaken by a mediocre performance on a standardized test.

Nonetheless, she really wanted to attempt it, and I figured that either Kumon or I would cover any areas left weak by getting passed out of the grades. So we said yes.

There were four, three-hour exams administered over a two-day period. The first day covered seventh-grade math; the second day covered eighth-grade math. Megan finished the first three exams in a little over one hour. She finished the last exam in about two hours. (That includes the time spent checking her answers.) She said that the first three exams were easy; the fourth was a bit more challenging -- somewhat more difficult story problems, and some rather more advanced geometric problems.

Students needed to score at least 90 percent on each of the individual examinations (not cumulatively over the four exams) in order to pass out of the respective grades.

She nailed all four exams. The only exam the came even close to the 90 percent threshold was the fourth exam, which covered topics from the second semester of eighth-grade math. All the other exams scored in the upper 90s.

So way to go, Megan!


Blogger Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

That's awesome. I'm glad they set the marker that high for testing out of classes.

August 02, 2009 10:13 AM  
Blogger Wayne said...

Very nice!

August 04, 2009 3:55 PM  

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