LISD PACE (Programs for Advancement, Challenge, and Enrichment) Math is designed to meet the needs of elementary students who excel or show potential to excel in mathematics. This program provides opportunities for students to challenge their thinking by delving deeper into concepts, enriching and extending their mathematical understanding, and accelerating designated math skills at the next higher grade.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Leander ISD PACE Math?
The Leander ISD Elementary PACE (Programs for Advancement, Challenge, and Enrichment) Math Program is designed to meet the needs of students who excel or show the potential to excel in mathematics.
What is the PACE Math curriculum?
The curriculum for PACE Mathematics embeds designated skills from the next grade level into the current grade level curriculum. Success in PACE Math class requires a high level of commitment, responsibility, and self-motivation. The increased rigor of this course provides challenge and deep understanding for students who have shown a need for acceleration in the area of mathematics above and beyond their grade level expectations.
What instructional arrangements are used at each elementary campus?
PACE students may receive their PACE Math instruction from their classroom teacher addressing accelerated skills in a small group, or they may go to a PACE Math class where the teacher is the designated PACE Math teacher at that grade level. That could mean the student would not have his/her homeroom teacher for math instruction. All identified PACE students receive instruction and assessment based on an accelerated curriculum.
How are students identified for PACE Math?
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Required PACE Placement Qualifiers:
- Teacher, Parent, or Student recommendation based on the following observations:
- Persistence in problem-solving
- Good reasoning skills, and
- Ability to acquire new skills quickly
- Mastery on District Assessments or Master level performance on STAAR and
- Mastery on PACE screener
Currently enrolled PACE students will automatically roll over to the next grade level PACE math class unless they have been exited from the program.
When is a student identified for PACE Math?
Third – 5th-grade students have the opportunity to qualify for PACE Math at the end of the current school year. Parent information is sent home with qualifying criteria and an opt-in to be screened option.
New-to-district students will be screened within the first weeks of the new school year. If a student enrolls later in the year and has either been in accelerated programs at a previous school and/or exhibits certain behaviors, the classroom teacher, campus administrator, and the math department will work together to determine placement.
What if a student is identified for PACE Math?
Once a student qualifies for the PACE Math program, the student will begin receiving instruction over the PACE curriculum, which includes grade level and above grade level skills.
PACE students may receive their PACE Math instruction from their classroom teacher addressing accelerated skills in a small group, or they may go to a PACE Math class where the teacher is the designated PACE Math teacher at that grade level. That could mean the student would not have his/her homeroom teacher for math instruction.
How are grades determined?
Grades in PACE Math will be determined by the teacher delivering the PACE Math instruction to the student. Grades will be based on the PACE Math curriculum expectation at each grade level.