Forestview Middle School

FMS Accelerated and Intensive Programming

Forestview Middle School offers students of high ability and high achievement Accelerated Mathematics and Intensive Language Arts programming for grades 5-8. The purpose of the Accelerated Math and Intensive Language Arts programs are to provide academic opportunities in which students will be most challenged. Students successfully completing 8th grade in one or both of the offerings are considered ready for Honors, AP/CIS and Advanced coursework at Brainerd High School.

Placement Process:
The District identifies 4th grade students of high ability and high achievement with the review of a portfolio of student data which includes MCA performance in Mathematics and Literacy, STAR growth data, report cards, teacher recommendation and the CogAT Form 7 cognitive ability assessments in quantitative reasoning, verbal and nonverbal reasoning.

Intensive Language Arts Placement Criteria
● Grade 5 Language Arts Portfolio
○ 4th Grade CogAT Form 7--indicator of cognitive ability
○ 4th Grade MCA Scale Score--indicator of achievement relative to standards
○ Fall to Spring STAR percentiles for 3rd and 4th Grade--indicators of history of levels of growth
○ 4th Grade report card assessments--indicator of achievement on district common summative assessments
○ 4th Grade teacher recommendation
● Grades 6-8 Language Arts Portfolio
○ Current grade’s MCA Scale Score--indicator of achievement relative to standards
○ Fall to Spring STAR percentiles for previous 2 grades--indicators of history of levels of growth
○ Current grade’s report card assessments--indicator of achievement on district common summative assessments
○ Teacher recommendation

Intensive Language Arts Exit Criteria: Two out of four required for removal
○ MCA score of Does Not Meet Proficiency
○ Does not make annual growth targets relative to grade level on fall to spring STAR assessments
○ Report card grade of F for two consecutive trimesters
○ Teacher recommendation

Accelerated Mathematics Placement Criteria:  
● Grade 5 Mathematics Portfolio
○ 4th Grade CogAT Form 7--indicator of cognitive ability
○ 4th Grade MCA Scale Score--indicator of achievement relative to standards
○ Fall to Spring STAR percentiles for 3rd and 4th Grade--indicators of history of levels of growth
○ 4th Grade report card assessments--indicator of achievement on district common summative assessments
○ 4th Grade teacher recommendation
● Grades 6-8 Mathematics Portfolio -- 8 pts Total
○ Current grade’s MCA Scale Score--indicator of achievement relative to standards
○ Fall to Spring STAR percentiles for previous 2 grades--indicators of history of levels of growth
○ Current grade’s report card assessments--indicator of achievement on district common summative assessments
○ Teacher recommendation

Accelerated Mathematics Exit Criteria: Two out of four required for removal
○ MCA score of Does Not Meet Proficiency
○ Does not make annual growth targets relative grade level on fall to spring STAR assessments
○ Report card grade of F for two consecutive trimesters
○ Teacher recommendation

Appeals Process
Pursuant to District Policy 650, the placement decision of the portfolio committee may be appealed to the Superintendent at the request of a parent or guardian if the request is made in writing within thirty (30) days of notification of the portfolio committee’s decision.

Contact Information:
Principal Jonathan Anderson
[email protected]
218-454-6000
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