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. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 14:00
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    $\begingroup$ ... and even so, I'm not sure that your question is on-topic for this site. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2017 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 15:15
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    $\begingroup$ Suggest you add the above information to the question by editing. Add that school refuses to assess son because it's too much work, but if he can prove his abilities school will assess him. $\endgroup$
    – Amy B
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 7:11
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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
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 20:53

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You can find information about how Pennsylvania handles acceleration in education at this address.


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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