2016-2017 IOAPA MS Courses

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IN 2016-2017...

IOAPA offered above-level courses for middle school students in algebra, biology, computer science, creative writing, geometry, physical science, probability and statistics, psychology, Spanish, and US history to students who cannot otherwise access them at school.


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All Students

Before registering for IOAPA courses, middle school students should take an above-level assessment to determine eligibility. 6th graders can take I-Excel, and 7th and 8th graders can take the ACT.

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Above-level testing can show what students are ready to learn next, which helps in planning courses and other accelerative opportunities.

Overall Outcomes

Average Grades By Course

Middle school students earned a "B" average in advanced coursework, which is an impressive achievement! This demonstrates that they are being appropriately challenged, as they are still above-average, but are not earning easy "A"s.

Performance was more consistent this year than last year, perhaps due to more effective identification.



Fewer 6th graders enrolled in IOAPA courses this year, but those who did earned an impressive average grade of 88% in high school-level  courses.

60 students completed one or more semesters of Intro to Computer Science, and they earned an average final grade of 85%.

Middle school completion rates were over 90% for 8 of the 10 courses in which students enrolled, and the average  passing rate was 88%.

Breakdown By Course

All students who began this course completed it, and 82% passed.

Algebra I

Creative Writing



Spanish I (Honors)

US History to the Civil War

Physical Science (Honors)

Probability and Statistics

Average Grade: 76%

The pacing of this course was manageable for students, with an on-schedule rate of 99.7%.

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 6-8 with mastery of Pre-Algebra concepts

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 7-8 and/or students prepared for fast-paced courses


Overall Grade

Work Quality


Fewer 6th graders enrolled in this course this year, but those who did were more successful in managing course deadlines.

Most popular IOAPA middle school course for the second consecutive year

8th graders earned an overall grade of 86% on average.

Students in this course have more difficulty with the quality of work than the pacing of assignments.

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 7-8 who have mastered Pre-Algebra concepts

Recommended for:

90% of students who completed the course earned at least a B-.

8th graders earned higher scores than 7th graders, but no 8th graders completed both semesters of the course.

Students in Grades 7-8 who are interested in science and can manage independent work

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 7-8 who are interested in complex mathematics

This course had a completion rate of 93%, and 89% of students who completed it earned a passing grade.

Course enrollment and performance was consistent across grade levels.

Students earned an average final grade of 84%.

7th-graders slightly outperformed 8th-graders!

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 6-8 who are interested in the subject

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 7-8 who are motivated to learn a new language

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 7-8 who are motivated to study history

No students completed both semesters of this course, and few students completed even one.

The low completion rate and inconsistent student performance suggests that this course may be difficult.

Only 60% of students who completed the course passed it, suggesting that the material is difficult

8th graders were significantly more successful than 7th graders; the average final grade for 8th graders was 77%.

Pass Rate

Completion Rate

Introduction to Computer Science

Enrollment By Grade

Recommended for:

Students in Grades 7-9 who are interested in computer science

Students in 8th and 9th grade earned average final grades of 86% and 93%, respectively. These students performed well across assignments, exams, and daily work. 7th graders struggled to complete work in this course, resulting in low final grades.

Advice For Mentors

Slow students down on daily work to promote concept mastery. Use the supplemental materials from the teacher packet as additional preparation for online tests. Ensure that students, especially 6th and 7th graders, have face-to-face time with mentor to work on course and seek help.

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