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Placement Process Overview

As the current school year comes to a close, master schedule teamsare diligently preparing for student placement in mathematics courses for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students currently in 5th, 6th and 8th grade willtake a Math Readiness Assessment for use as one of multiple tools to assist incourse placement for the following instructional year.  The purpose of this letter is to describe the placement process for mathematics.

Background

This year, the District began full implementation of the CommonCore State Standards, which required a shift in how mathematics instruction wasimplemented.  Course sequences, instructional materials and strategieswere adjusted.  Last spring, students took the Mathematics Diagnostic TestingProject (MDTP) to assist sites with determining course placement for the following instructional year.

Changes to the Process

Input was gathered through site conversations, cluster level anddepartment conversations, and collaboration with a respected mathematicsconsultant to strategize next steps and improve the process. It was decidedthat as a district we would need to revise the existing pathways, identifymultiple measures that a site could use to determine student course placement,and create new Math Readiness Assessments that would align with SmarterBalanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and district assessment practices.

Criteria for Placement

The District has identified four (4) measures as indicators forsites to utilize as they plan for student course placement:

  • Math Readiness Assessment
  • Math Grades
    • Elementary Student Progress Report datawill 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 beadministered:

  • 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 ReadinessAssessment for current 7th grade students entering Grade 8 in order to avoidcritical gaps in mathematical understanding and content standards. Studentscurrently enrolled in Accelerated Math 7 will be placed in Advanced IntegratedMath I. Opportunities for acceleration are available upon matriculation to highschool.  

The Math Readiness Assessment Window

  • Dana Middle will administer the math placement test on May 24th.

In partnership,

SDUSD Middle School Principals