Since the adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2013, IUSD students are accessing higher levels of mathematics than ever before in IUSD history. Background: Previous state standards adopted in 1997, identified Algebra 1 as the grade level course for 8th grade. The recently adopted CCSS added an additional course in middle school, Math 8, which is now considered the grade level course for 8th grade. The addition of Math 8 increased the number of secondary math courses in the sequences for ALL students within California. What this Means for IUSD Students: Students who successfully complete Enhanced Math 7/8 in 7th grade and progress through our current enhanced math pathway will be prepared for Calculus in 11th grade. This is comparable to students in past years completing Algebra 1 in 7th grade, Honors Geometry in 8th grade, Algebra 2 in the 9th grade, Pre-calculus in the 10th grade and Calculus in 11th grade. As a result, more IUSD students are on track to reach Calculus than in any previous year in IUSD’s history.
- Districtwide, approximately 35% of 7th graders are enrolled in Enhanced Math 7/8.
- In 2014-2015, 13.63% of 7th grade students were enrolled in Algebra 1.
- In 2015-2016, 29.03% of 7th grade students were enrolled in the equivalent course for acceleration, Enhanced Math 7/8.
- In 2014-2015, 15.17% of 8th grade students were enrolled in Honors Geometry.
- In 2015-2016, 24.82% of 8th grade students were enrolled in the equivalent course for acceleration, Enhanced Math 1.
IUSD’s progression of math courses also provides students with multiple opportunities to accelerate. These opportunities did not exist prior to the transition to our new math courses. For more information about math pathways, click here.