Math Intervention Program

Overview and Goals of the Math Intervention Program

Stillwater Area High School diplomas are granted to students who pass the 11th Grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) for Math in addition to fulfilling state and district mandated credits. The Math Intervention Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to increase their math skills to pass the required MCA Grad Math test.

Stillwater Area High School provides clearly defined steps to support students in math.  By addressing math deficits in a systemic process, we deter existing learning gaps from becoming insurmountable for students.  As a result of these interventions, we see students gaining the core skills necessary for success in current and future academics.

Tier One

Stillwater Area High School utilizes regular mathematics curriculum, which all students must have three years of specific math courses (grades 9-12).  It is within our curriculum that the vast majority of specialized learning occurs for students based on formative assessment and differentiated instruction. Students are purposefully scheduled in math courses based upon prior academic information so that optimal learning can occur.

Tier Two

If it is determined using multiple points of data that a student is not likely to pass the MCA 11th grade Math test, then an additional intervention occurs. In the fall of the students 11th grade year, those who meet criteria are registered for the Math GRAD Prep course, which is designed as a one semester course to focus on the core math skills and test taking strategies for students to be successful on the GRAD portion of the MCA 11th grade Math test. Concurrently these students are still taking their ability level appropriate math course, resulting in most of these students having two math courses in their first semester 11th grade schedule.  If these steps do not result in the student passing the MCA Graduation Math test in the spring of their 11th grade year, then a third option to meet district and state math requirements for graduation is implemented.

Tier Three

During the students 12th grade first semester, the student is placed in the appropriate regular math course. The student is given a final opportunity to pass the Math GRAD portion of the MCA test, and if they do not pass the test during their first semester of 12th grade, they are then be enrolled in the Math GRAD Remediation course. In this course students demonstrate proficiency in all curriculum standards present in the 11th grade MCA Graduation Math test. If the student successfully completes this course with a passing grade, they will have met the requirements of the school district and State of Minnesota thus being able to graduate.

Entrance Criteria

The following criteria are used to schedule students for the Graduation Prep course in their 11th grade year. Placement in this course is not negotiable as the students identified have demonstrated through prior performance that they will need additional support to pass the MCA Graduation Math Test.  

The criteria follows:

  • 8th Grade MCA Math Test
  • 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade and 10th grade end of course math assessment data  
  • Performance Series math test data
  • Math GRAD Predictor assessment

Exiting the Math Intervention Program

There are two ways to exit the Math Intervention Program.  Students may exit when they they pass the MCA Graduation Math test, or when students successfully complete the Math GRAD Remediation course in the spring of their 12th grade year.

GRAD Prep

Math GRAD Preparation is a course intended to prepare students for the GRAD portion of the MCA II test taken Spring of students’ 11th grade year. This course focuses on basic number sense, algebra, geometry and measurement, and probability and statistics. To pass this course, students must demonstrate proficiency on all of the Math GRAD Benchmarks. Students do not register for this course. Students whose data indicates they are in jeopardy of not passing the state Math GRAD test will be automatically enrolled in this first semester course. Credit earned through this course is a general elective credit.

Math GRAD Remediation

Math GRAD Remediation is a course that addresses the MN state graduation standards. Students who do not pass the Math GRAD Test are required by the state of Minnesota to successfully complete Math GRAD Remediation. This course focuses on basic number sense, algebra, geometry and measurement, and probability and statistics. To pass this course, students must demonstrate proficiency on all of the Math GRAD Benchmarks. Students do not register for this course. Students who do not pass the MN Math GRAD test or show proficiency on the 11th grade MCA II Math test will be automatically enrolled in this second semester course. Credit earned through this course is a general elective credit. Per state mandate, math credit can not be granted.