As the current school year comes to a close, master schedule teams are diligently preparing for student placement in mathematics courses for the 2016-2017 school year. Students currently in 5th, 6th and 8th grade will take a Math Readiness Assessment for use as one of multiple tools to assist in course placement for the 2016-2017 instructional year. The purpose of this letter is to describe the placement process for mathematics.
This year, the District began full implementation of the Common Core State Standards, which required a shift in how mathematics instruction was implemented. Course sequences, instructional materials and strategies were adjusted. Last spring, students took the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) to assist sites with determining course placement for the 2016-2017 instructional year.
Changes to the Process
Input was gathered through site conversations, cluster level and department conversations, and collaboration with a respected mathematics consultant to strategize next steps and improve the process. It was decided that as a district we would need to revise the existing pathways, identify multiple measures that a site could use to determine student course placement, and create new Math Readiness Assessments that would align with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and district assessment practices.
2016-2017 Criteria for Placement
The District has identified four (4) measures as indicators for sites to utilize as they plan for student course placement:
- Math Readiness Assessment
- Math Grades
- Elementary Student Progress Report data will be used for elementary students
- First and Second semester grade data will be used for secondary students
- SBAC Assessment Results (if available)
- Teacher Recommendation (only if requested by Middle School Administrator)
Math Readiness Assessments
Three (3) separate Math Readiness Assessments will be administered:
- Accelerated Math 6 – administered to all 5th graders entering Grade 6
- Accelerated Math 7 – administered to all 6th graders entering Grade 7
- Advanced Integrated Math I – administered to all 8th graders currently enrolled in Common Core 8 Math
The District made a decision not to develop a Math Readiness Assessment for current 7th grade students entering Grade 8 in order to avoid critical gaps in mathematical understanding and content standards. Students currently enrolled in Accelerated Math 7 will be placed in Advanced Integrated Math I. Opportunities for acceleration are available upon matriculation to high school.
The Math Readiness Assessment Window
- Dana Middle will administer the math placement test on Monday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 24th.
SDUSD Middle School Principals