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Math Placement Test

 
March 2018
Dear Correia Parent/Guardian:
As we begin preparing for the next academic year, master schedule teams are diligently preparing for student placement in mathematics courses for the 2018-2019 school year. Students currently in 5th, 6th and 8th grade will take a SDUSD Math Readiness Assessment for use as one of the points of information to assist in course placement for the 2018-2019 instructional year. The purpose of this letter is to describe the placement process for mathematics.
Background
 In 2014 the District began full implementation of the Common Core State Standards that required a shift in how mathematics instruction was implemented. In 2015 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 math placement process. As a result of
the work in 2015 the district revised the math pathways, identified multiple measures that a site could use to determine student course placement, and created Math Readiness Assessments that would align with
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and district assessment practices. The procedures and criteria put in place in 2015 provided useful guidelines for all schools and the procedures will continue
for 2018-19 with only one modification—the addition of a Readiness Assessment for Advanced Integrated Math II. This additional assessment is required to bring the district math placement procedures into
compliance with SB359 which requires assessments for all students entering 9th grade math.
 
 The District has identified three (3) measures as indicators for sites to utilize as they plan for student course placement:
•  Math Readiness Assessments
•  Math Grades
o  Elementary Student Progress Report Card Data will be used for elementary students
o  First and Second semester grade data will be used for secondary students
•  SBAC Assessment Results (if available)

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 enrolled in Common Core 8
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
•  Traditional schools - administered between March 5, 2018 through April 6, 2018. At Correia, we will administer the test between April 3-5, 2018 in your student’s regularly scheduled mathematics class.
For additional information or questions please contact your child’s middle school office.
 
In partnership,
SDUSD Middle School Principals