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PACT Charter School
7250 E. Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303
 611_Academic Strategies Policy - Secondary
 Date created: 
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 Date Approved:  Reviewed:
 20150301  SPC  20170126  2016-17
 BRD  20170302

The Academic Strategies course was put in place in order to address growth scores on MCAs. Academic Strategies will be a semester-long course that is offered every other day for 7th and 8th graders and every day for 9th through 12th graders. Students required to take this course will take it in place of an elective. Students in 9th through 12th grade will receive .5 credits for the course each semester. Academic Strategies will be taught by a licensed teacher (whenever possible, a Language Arts or Mathematics Academic Strategies teacher). This will allow students the opportunity to receive additional support in the areas in which they struggle.


Individualized Learning Plan

At the beginning of the Academic Strategies course, each student will develop an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), which would be approved by the teacher. Each ILP will detail how the student will spend his/her time in Academic Strategies. Students will use utilize approved curriculum materials to help them work on necessary skills. The teachers will monitor and grade the students based on the completion of the ILPs.


Students Required to Take Academic Strategies

Academic Strategies will be a required course for students not meeting or partially meeting proficiency (MCAs) in grades 7-12 and whose goals are not being addressed through an IEP.  Additional students may be required to take the course based on MAP test scores or teacher recommendation. If student numbers are too high, administration will determine which students will benefit the most based on multiple factors, including longitudinal data. Administration may also make the decision to exempt a student from Academic Strategies based on specific circumstances that may include but are not limited to scheduling conflicts, honor roll status, and past testing history.

Students Required to Take Academic Strategies (Subject to change based on MAP/MCA Comparative Study)

 

Reading

Math

Grade Level

Spring MCA Score

Spring MAP Score

 Spring MCA Score

Spring MAP Score

7

Less than 650

Less than 218

Less than 650

Less than 233

8

Less than 750

Less than 225

Less than 750

Less than 238

9

Less than 850

Less than 228

Less than 850

Less than 239

10

Less than 229

Less than 241

11

Less than 1050

Less than 230

Less than 242

12

Students who have not passed grad test

Less than 1150

 

 

Testing Out of Academic Strategies

Students can test out of Academic Strategies in the second semester by taking the MAP test in November or December. Achieving the score mentioned below on the MAP would allow a student to take another class second semester.

Minimum Student Scores Required to "Test Out" of Academic Strategies

 

Reading

Math

Grade Level

Winter MAP Score

Winter MAP Score

7

 223

235

8

  226

236

9

 228

237

10

 229

 239

11

 230

 240

12

 230

 240

 

The scores represented in this table are based off the 2016 NWEA-MAP and MCA Comparative Study. These scores are subject to change based on the most recently published Comparative Study.