ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION  6142.92
IUSD Secondary Math Placement
Math Pathways and Placement
*All pathway document changes have been made as of January 2023 and all changes will go into effect during the 20232024 school year.*
IUSD is committed to the appropriate math placement of secondary students. The IUSD Secondary Mathematics Pathway, Integrated Mathematics (figure 1) was created with input from varied stakeholder groups. The Secondary Mathematics Pathway allows for students to progress through course sequences designed to meet student learning needs as outlined by the California Common Core State Standards – Mathematics and the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools. Students progress through target, or grade level, courses, with support and accelerated course options available to students based on demonstrated learning needs. Learning needs are determined by multiple criteria (outlined below) in all secondary mathematics courses.
Figure 1 IUSD Secondary Mathematics Pathway, Integrated Mathematics.
Math Acceleration
The Secondary Mathematics Pathway offers students multiple decision points for acceleration in middle and high school and provides various options for career and college readiness. As stated in the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools:
“decisions to accelerate students into higher mathematics before ninth grade [are] based on solid evidence of student learning… Before a student is placed on an accelerated pathway, serious efforts must be made to consider solid evidence of the student’s conceptual understanding, knowledge of procedural understanding, knowledge of procedural skills, fluency, and ability to apply mathematics. (p. 829) Care must be taken to ensure that students fully understand all important topics in the mathematics curriculum, and the continuity of the mathematics learning progression is not disrupted.” (p. 830)
In addition, the Mathematics Framework further states that “decisions to accelerate students into the Common Core State Standards for higher mathematics before ninth grade should not be rushed,” as premature accelerated placement can have negative consequences for students (p. 828)
Math acceleration in IUSD begins in seventh grade through content compaction, ensuring that all state standards are learned in a progression that provides a solid foundation for future learning. IUSD elementary students needing enrichment in mathematics will engage in learning experiences that allow for greater depth of understanding in grade level content and application of procedural skills, fluency, and grade level concepts in problem solving.
Math Placement Criteria
Math placement for secondary students is based on multiple measure criteria. The target course for students is the grade level course. The target course provides the depth and foundation that is critical for future learning and provides a path of instruction that meets high school graduation and UC entrance requirements.
Students seeking further acceleration beyond the target course have multiple decision points throughout middle and high school.
The multiple measures used for students entering middle school or the integrated math courses in high school are:
 Final Grades in Math Coursework
 Grades from each marking period (trimesters in 6th8th grades and semesters in high school) are used to more accurately reflect specific content knowledge. Grades are not averaged across marking periods
 Grades include minus grades (A = 90% or above, B = 80%89%, C = 70%79%, D = 60%69%, F = 59% or below)
 End of Course Assessment
 The End of Course Assessment for each course is comprised of the mathematical standards for the course as outlined by the state content and process standards.
 The problems on the End of Course Assessment are aligned to the depth and rigor expected in the state standards and framework. They include conceptual understanding, procedural skills, and application of both in problem solving.
 Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice and Work Habits
 The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) are part of the state adopted standards in grades K12. They detail the processes students use in learning mathematics and are a critical foundation for depth of learning mathematical content. The SMPs can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/ccssmathstandardaug2013.pd
 Basic Skills Exam (students entering 7th grade only)
 The Basic Skills Exam assesses students’ procedural skill with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, and percentages. The operations included are from 4th, 5th, and 6th grade California state standards.
Student Math Placement
Students' individual mathematics course sequences in middle and high school are determined using the multiple measures for placement. Figures 2 and 3a3c depict the criteria needed for math placement into middle school and high school integrated courses. In middle school (figure 2), MS Math 7 and MS Math 8 represent the respective target, or grade level, courses. MS Summer Bridge is a summer school course offered to Math 7 students who meet the criteria for acceleration and choose to enroll in a rigorous, accelerated summer placement. MS Enhanced Math 7/8 and MS Enhanced Math I represent three years of math content (Math 7, Math 8, and Math I) compacted into two years of accelerated instruction. Upon successful completion of the two year accelerated middle school sequence, students have completed the target course for 9th grade as outlined by the state content standards. In high school (figures 3a, 3b, and 3c), Math I, Math II, and Math III represent target courses. Math I AB and Math I CD are support classes, each providing instruction on half of the Math I content, along with prerequisite content standards. HS Summer Bridge is a summer school course offered to Math II students who meet the criteria for acceleration and choose to enroll in a rigorous, accelerated summer placement. Enhanced Math II and AP Pre Calculus represent three years of math content (Math II, Math III, and Precalculus) compacted into two years of accelerated instruction. Math placement guideline charts arranged by prerequisite course can be found in Appendix A.
Figure 2 Middle School Student Math Placement, Grades 68. The figures outline the criteria needed and course sequences in the transition from grades 6 and 7.
Figures 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g High School Student Math Placement, Integrated Math Courses. The figures outline the criteria needed and course sequences in the transition from middle school and high school integrated math courses.
Parent Recourse
Students, parents, or teachers may request an appeal upon receiving notification of final placement. An appeal is made with the current school administrator or designee within the timeframe specified on the IUSD website.
Students and parents may provide relevant evidence, including, but not limited to, the following:
 Relevant grade history
 Enrichment or supplemental coursework
 Standardized test scores
Appeal requests will lead to either 1) approval of the request with progress monitoring measures in the accelerated courses 2) approval for additional evidence of student content knowledge to determine final placement, or 3) denial of request for accelerated placement at this time.
Annual Analysis of Aggregate Data
Aggregate student math placement data will be analyzed and presented to the IUSD School Board annually. The aggregate data will be used to ensure there is no disproportionate impact on mathematics placement based on student race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background.
OneMonth Checkpoint
The math placement of all 9th grade students will be reviewed within the first month of school to determine student learning strengths and needs. Data from an external assessment and standardized tests, if available, will be used to reevaluate individual student progress, prerequisite content knowledge, and appropriateness of placement.
 Students enrolled in Math I AB will have a checkpoint within the first week of school.
 At the firstweek checkpoint, students enrolled in Math I AB will take an assessment of prerequisite math content standards. Students demonstrating mastery of prerequisite standards will have their placement reevaluated to determine if Math I AB or Math I is most appropriate.
 Students enrolled in grade level and accelerated courses will have a checkpoint within the first month of school. In addition to assessment data, student progress in the course will also be considered.
 At the onemonth checkpoint, students demonstrating substantial mastery of their current course content may choose to take the End of Course Assessment to verify mastery.
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*MS Bridge Course is offered in the IUSD middle school summer school




































































































































Works Cited
Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools (2015). Retrieved on June 24, 2016 from California Department of Education website http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ma/cf/documents/mathfwappendixd.pdf
California Common Core State Standards Mathematics (2013). Retrieved on June 24, 2016 from California Department of Education website http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/ccssmathstandardaug2013.pdf