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Elementary Contest

Grades 4-6

Coordinator: Jerry Trick

Due to the high number of students competing in the MCTM Elementary contests this past year, MCTM has decided to make a few changes in how students qualify for the next round as well as the inclusion of a Regional contest before the State competition.  In other states, mathleague has three rules of qualification for students.  A Missouri student may compete in the Regional contest if he or she participates in an elementary qualifying round (either a local contest or the in-school qualifying round) during the school year and does any one of the following:

· Earns at least 50% of the available points on any of the individual tests.

· Scores strictly higher than 80% of the participants in his or her grade on any of the individual tests.

· Participates on a team that scores either at least 50% of the available points or strictly higher than 80% of the other teams on the team test.

In Missouri for the 2015-2016 school year, we will be offering qualifying competitions THROUGHOUT the school year from October to February (not just in March or April as in the past), and students who meet any of the above criteria will qualify for a Regional competition in March.  Students MUST attend a qualifying contest within their region in order to qualify for the regional or state competitions.  Schools may also sign up for the in-school qualifying round if they are unable to attend a site in their area due to conflicts or are simply too far from a qualifying contest site.  These changes in qualifications will allow so many more students to compete at yet another level with their peers.  There will be a total of six Regional competitions as defined by MCTM’s regional map and the addition of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area as a sixth regional.  Each student who qualifies in this way MUST attend his or her regional competition with no exceptions.  At each of the six Regional sites, the top 10 students in each grade level (by Individual Totals) and the top Sweepstakes team will qualify to attend the Elementary State Competition on May 7, 2016.

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For the Regional and State Math Competitions, there are two different ways that ties are broken for awards.  If two students tied with the same score in an event (e.g. Target with a score of 30), their Borda scores were compared to see which student answered the more difficult questions.  The student with the lower Borda score would place higher than the other.  To break absolute ties in Sprint or Target at either the Middle or Elementary level, we looked at the students' opposing event scores.  Say that Students A, B and C are all tied with a score of 30 on Target, all with the same Borda scores indicating they answered the same 3 questions correct.  We then look at their Sprint scores.  Say Student A has a Sprint score of 60, Student B has a sprint score of 55, and Student C has a sprint score of 50.  Then to break the tie on Target, Student A would be first, Student B would be second, and Student C would be third.  In Number Sense, if a tie occurs, the students generally have the same number correct and the same number incorrect to get the score they receive.  To break this tie, we looked at the two students’ sheets, and the student who answered the highest number question correct would receive the higher place.  So, for example, Student A’s last correct answer is question #30 and Student B’s last correct answer is #38; Student B would win the tie. 

Any St. Louis area student interested in mathematics (mostly for grades 4-10) is welcome to join the Washington University Math Circle.  They meet on Sunday afternoons and have speakers talk about a different math topic each time.  This is a wonderful way to prepare for contests of all sorts.  Please click here for more information!

Special Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow students with special needs to participate.  A request for accommodation of special needs must be directed to local or state coordinators in writing at least three weeks in advance of the local or state competition. This written request should thoroughly explain a student’s special need as well as what the desired accommodation would entail. Many accommodations that are employed in a classroom or teaching environment cannot be implemented in the competition setting.  Accommodations that are not permissible include, but are not limited to, granting a student extra time during any of the competition rounds or allowing a student to use a calculator on non-calculator rounds. Contest coordinators will review the needs of the student and determine if any accommodations will be made.

Websites for Extra Practice Problems & Problem Solving Techniques

  • mathleague.org  This site allows you to sign up for sample practice problems that will be similar to those on the elementary and middle contests this year.



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