## Slater School District A+ Program

Slater High School A+ students must have 50 hours of tutoring as part of their eligibility criteria.

Full criteria is outlined in the Slater High School Participation Agreement (see below) and on the Missouri Department of Higher Education website. Students may pick up copies of their participation agreement, and Tutoring logs just outside the HS Principal's Office. Students may also download their own documents from this site.

Students and parents can view A+ hours by signing in to their SIS Student or Parent Portal. If you need assistance with your portal log in, please contact Mrs. Barb McWhirter at 660-529-2278.

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education at its February 2017 meeting approved the following qualifying scores for the ACT and COMPASS exam alternatives to the A+ Algebra I End-of-Course Exam requirement. The CBHE is charged with establishing these minimum scores annually. The graduating class of 2018 must achieve The follow score if they do not score proficient or advanced on the Algebra I or a higher level math end-of-course exam.

**Exam**

**Minimum Score**

ACT Math Sub-score 17

The 2018 seniors will not be able to establish eligibility based on a COMPASS score even if it has already been achieved. 2018 Seniors who do not score proficient or advanced on the Algebra I or a higher level math end-of-course exam will need to meet the following ACT/GPA guidelines.

ACT Math Score/GPA

ACT 17 and 2.5 or greater GPA

ACT 16 and 2.8 or greater GPA

ACT 15 and 3.0 or greater GPA

The Algebra I end-of-course exam requirement is intended for students to demonstrate a mastery of Algebra I skills and knowledge as an indicator of college preparedness. In keeping with that intent, these minimum scores were set to reflect a student’s ability to understand and use basic algebraic concepts for placement into a remedial math course requiring skills that correlate to Algebra I skills learned in the eighth or ninth grade.

The scores were set based on an analysis of placement score information from Missouri’s community colleges and placement score examples provided by ACT. They are intended to represent real-world college placement practices rather than an equivalency, or concordance, between the scores. The scores are also intended to strike a reasonable balance between the requirement’s intent and the reality of diversity in the developmental coursework available at postsecondary institutions.

Prior to the CBHE’s approval, the scores were vetted with the A+ community, including high school counselors, postsecondary financial aid professionals, community college presidents, and the State Student Financial Assistance Committee. This decision reflects the thoughts of the wide variety of A+ stakeholders. The CBHE will re-evaluate these scores their next annual meeting.

With these alternatives, students now have at least four opportunities with which to meet the A+ Scholarship’s college preparedness criterion. Once a student meets one of the following criteria, the student is considered to have met this requirement regardless of previous or subsequent scores received on any of the other options. For example, a student that scores basic on the Algebra I EOC, scores proficient on the Algebra II EOC, and scores a 16 on the ACT math subtest is eligible based on the Algebra II EOC score even though previous EOC and subsequent ACT scores did not meet the eligibility threshold. Students can also retake all of these exams in an effort to achieve a qualifying score.

1. Achievement of a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end-of-course exam requirement

2. Achievement of a score of proficient or advanced on any DESE-authorized mathematics end-of-course exam that is at a higher level than Algebra I

3. Achievement of one of the scores listed above for the ACT math subtest or COMPASS Pre-Algebra or Algebra exam while in high school

4. Achievement of one of the scores listed above for the ACT math subtest or COMPASS Pre-Algebra or Algebra exam while in college. Students in this category will not be eligible for A+ reimbursement until a qualifying score has been achieved. Until eligibility is established, students can seek assistance to remediate their math deficiencies, including taking developmental coursework at their own expense.

Mrs. Cheryl Anderson

Slater School District A+ Coordinator

e-mail: canderson@slaterschools.net

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