The DreamBox Math adaptive placement experience and continuous adaptive learning engine allow students to work in lessons that build on prior knowledge and extend their learning, including lessons that may be aligned with standards one or more grade levels ahead. This article walks through how DreamBox Math determines where a student will begin in the program curriculum for the first time, or at the beginning of a new school year.
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Placement Factors Before Initial SignIn
There are three factors that determine where a student will begin in DreamBox Math:
Enrolled Grade Level
A student’s enrolled (rostered) grade level determines where the student will begin their first tasks in DreamBox Math, but only if no other placement adjustments are made. The program will presume the student is proficient in the preceding gradelevel standards and begin learning and adapting based on how the student responds to gradelevel lesson content.
Example: A 3rdgrade student would be placed in 3rdgrade content in the Math curriculum. They will be presumed proficient in K2nd gradelevel standards. 
Initial Placement Level
Note: The Initial Placement setting is different from a student's Initial Standing in DreamBox Math. 
A student’s initial placement level can be different than a student’s enrolled grade level, but educators can only adjust it before a student signs in for the first time. When set, a student’s initial placement level overrides their enrolled grade level and changes where they begin in DreamBox Math.
Examples:

Student Account Creation Timing
The time of year a new student account is created in DreamBox Math affects where they are placed in the curriculum.
 If a student account is created before February 1st the student will be placed at the beginning of their current grade level according to the district's chosen academic standards.
 If a student account is created after February 1st the student will be placed midway through their current grade level.
If their teacher determines a new student needs to be placed at a level different than their enrolled grade level before they sign in for the very first time, teachers can edit their initial placement level in the educator dashboard. The timing above will apply to the updated placement.
Click here to open directions on how to adjust initial placement through the educator dashboard. 
Determining a Student's Initial Standing in DreamBox Math
When a student signs into DreamBox Math for the first time or at the beginning of their school year, they need to complete one or more tasks to receive their initial standing. A student’s initial standing is where the student will begin in the program, either for the first time or in the new school year.
 Launchpad placement assessment (Advanced subscription only)
 One lesson completed with understanding
The table below shows the task/s a student needs to complete to determine their initial standing based on their district's DreamBox Math subscription type, if Launchpad is enabled or disabled, and if the student has been optedout of any tasks.
DreamBox Math Settings  PostSign In Tasks  Initial Standing Confirmation  No Initial Standing Yet 
Launchpad Enabled  Complete the Launchpad placement assessment.  Placement on the Growth Report.  Growth Report shows: "This student hasn't been placed yet" 
Launchpad Enabled (Student opted out) 
NA* *If the student has been opted out of Launchpad, they will not have an initial standing on the Growth Report. The student must complete Launchpad. 
NA* *If the student has been opted out of Launchpad, they will not have an initial standing on the Growth Report. The student must complete Launchpad. 
Growth Report shows: "This student hasn't been placed yet" 
Launchpad Not Enabled 
Advanced subscription districts: Complete one lesson with understanding. Standard subscription districts: Complete one lesson with understanding. 
Placement on the Growth Report.  Growth Report shows: "This student hasn't been placed yet" 
Overview of Initial Standing Tasks
While it is helpful to know what tasks students need to complete to determine their Initial Standing in DreamBox Math, read below to learn more about each task.
Launchpad Completion 
Launchpad is an inplatform assessment that places students into the DreamBox Math curriculum and establishes their initial standing for the Growth Report. As students complete Launchpad tasks, DreamBox identifies their strengths and places them on their individual, adaptive learning path within each domain in DreamBox Math. (Launchpad is available to Advanced package customers only.) 

Lesson Completion  Students need to sign in, play, and complete at least one DreamBox Math lesson with understanding. 
Placement FAQs
Q: What happens to student placement if the student doesn’t play DreamBox Math for a long time? 
A: If a student signs in for less than five minutes per week over 20 consecutive weeks, they will be placed at their current enrolled grade in school.
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