Smarty has finally recovered from her two very stressful weeks of too many projects and logged back to ALEKS to start her Precalculus class. Yet again, she took a placement test and tested in at 58% of the course.
When Smarty first started Algebra 2, she could master several skills a day, because topics were at least somewhat familiar to her. This time, she got "stuck" on multiplication of matrices for a while - first because she did not fully understand the procedure, then she kept making calculation mistakes and had to return to the starting point. Finally, she got over this hump and now her tentative goal is to finish Precalculus in about 14 weeks, adding 3% every week. She will probably not have time to take a final test this year, but her headmaster was open to having her work on Precalculus over summer if she wishes (and she does) and then take the final test early in the year while also starting on Calculus with other Calculus students. She will also have at least another student her age, also a grade skipper, who will be in the same Calculus class next year, and I am quite happy that she will finally have a math teacher again after not having one for years. I hope that her Calculus class will be engaging enough and challenging enough for her, and this time I welcome several weeks of review hoping that review topics will help Smarty get better grasp on the topics that she might have rushed through in Precalculus and Algebra 2 online courses.
Overall, I am so very happy with Smarty school giving her an opportunity to move at her speed without us having to nag or fight for it like we did for years in public school. I really wish for public schools to have more flexibility with placing students by ability, especially in large schools with diverse student populations - perhaps then we would not see such a "flight" to private schools and homeschooling as we observe in our area. I can't wait to see how Smarty copes with Precalculus topics and hope that she will be ready for Calculus AB as a freshman.
How is math going for your kids?