My classes worked on a pretest for 6th grade today. They are used to pretesting before a unit of study. I use the data to determine which level of differentiation to use with my students. I believe that students should be challenged at their own level.
This belief carries over to when my kids leave me at the end of the year. We want to ensure that they are in the appropriate math class next year, so, one factor in determining their placement in 6th Grade Math or Advanced Math is this pretest. The choice of test is determined by the 6th grade math teacher.
This test is not the determining factor in placement. This pretest, data gathered (from multiple sources) throughout the year, as well as teacher observation, will help us determine appropriate placement for my students.