Is your child only being allowed to take certain math courses, based on their prior performance in other math classes? Could this be happening without your knowledge?
In a word, yes. Many elementary and middle schoolers are being routed through math courses based on how they did in previous classes, and parents may not necessarily be involved in this process. Such “math tracking” is becoming more routine in American schools, according to a 2013 report by the Brookings Institute, and sometimes parents will only know its happening if they notice their child is really bored or otherwise struggling in their math courses.
A recent GreatSchools report echoes this advice — read it here to get information about how to prevent “math misplacement” — the possibility that such math tracking can lead your child to taking math courses that won’t set them up for success in the long-term.
Kelmon, J. (march 2016). “Is Your Child Being Tracked at Math?”. GreatSchools. Accessed October 10, 2016 at http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/algebra-middle-school-math-track/
Loveless, T. (March 2013). “The Resurgence Of Ability Grouping And Persistence Of Tracking”. The Brookings Institution. Accessed October 10, 2016 at https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-resurgence-of-ability-grouping-and-persistence-of-tracking/