From the Listserv: Acceleration into Algebra

Recently, our gifted-focused listserv has seen some interesting discussion about readiness for algebra from a gifted education perspective.  Our director, Dr. Susan Assouline, had some advice for educators and parents working with talented math students. To learn more about tests that can help with decisions about acceleration, check out the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).

In response to this discussion on the UI Belin-Blank Center listserv, I have attached a brief excerpt from Developing Math Talent, which specifically answers the question:

What is the difference between the Iowa Algebra Readiness Test and the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IARA and IAAT) and the Orleans-Hanna Algebra Prognosis Test?

I also have re-posted a blog from two months ago regarding a free download of Developing Math Talent:

A free chapter  of Developing Math Talent is now available online!  The chapter outlines case studies of mathematically-talented students. Download the chapter.

Finally – just a friendly bit of information concerning the issues of the core curriculum and the content of a test, in this case the IAAT/IARA, which should not be conflated.

The Iowa Algebra Readiness Test, which is exactly the same thing as the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test – just that the IARA is online and only available to Iowans) is exactly that: a measure of readiness to learn algebra.  The issue of learning algebra in the core curriculum is an important discussion, but at this point in time, has little bearing on the application of the IARA or IAAT in terms of making use of this excellent measure of students’ readiness to learn algebra.  Students who have eared scores at the 90th percentile on the IARA/IAAT are ready to learn algebra.

Determining the alignment of the 8th grade CORE standards with a district’s algebra curriculum is a separate activity …

Regards to all,

Susan Assouline

2 responses to “From the Listserv: Acceleration into Algebra

  1. When I accessed the sample chapter today, I noticed that pages 290-296 and pages 305-308 are missing, whereas pages 313 and 320 each appear twice. Could you share 290-296 and 305-308 with us?

  2. This sample is actually a direct link to the publisher’s website, so it’s possible that they omitted pages on purpose – similar to how only releases limited sections of their books. However, the repeated page is clearly a mistake. We’ll look into this and see if they will fix it.

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