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My son is taking pre-algebra in 6th grade. He mastered algebra 1 in detail more than what school can teach. How to prove to school that he mastered Algebra 1? He wants to start Algebra 2 in 7th grade. We are in PA. Are there any authorized professional assessors available outside school? If I can get my son assessed by outside professionals, would school accept it?

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    $\begingroup$ Any answer to this will depend on the specific school, the policies of the school district, and the education laws of the country/region where you live. Without this information, it's impossible to answer your question accurately. $\endgroup$ – Mike Pierce Apr 22 '17 at 14:00
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    $\begingroup$ ... and even so, I'm not sure that your question is on-topic for this site. $\endgroup$ – Mike Pierce Apr 22 '17 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, you need to ask the school. Some schools may allow a student to take an exam to be placed in a higher course. I know of one case where the teacher of a course realized that the student was too advanced for the course, and initiated the transfer to a more advanced course. $\endgroup$ – Gerald Edgar Apr 22 '17 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ School district is refusing to assess my son because it's too much work for them. If my son can prove his abilities, school will assess him. We live in Eastern Pennsylvania (Allentown area). Are there any private professionals who can assess the students? $\endgroup$ – Indira Apr 23 '17 at 0:20
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    $\begingroup$ Most public schools will not accommodate for a 7th grader in Algebra 2. If your son is this far ahead, you should consider either home schooling or an exceptional private school. I am a public school teacher so I'm normally partial to public schools, but we simply don't have the resources or time to accommodate extreme exceptionality. I wish it were different. $\endgroup$ – MathGuy May 5 '17 at 20:53
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You can find information about how Pennsylvania handles acceleration in education at this address.

http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Resources/Policy/By_State/Show_Policy.aspx?StateID=45

If you truly want your son placed in Algebra II, you may need to consider educational alternatives if the local school board is not accommodating. Considering the schedule for Algebra II may conflict with the rest of his classes, it might be more difficult for them than just the evaluation, which in itself should not be difficult at all.

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