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Middle school students follow either
the **CA CCSS-M Aligned Standard Pathway**
or, for appropriate incoming 7^{th} grade students, the **Accelerated Math 7/8 Pathway **that
represents a compression of 3 years of mathematics into 2.

__What the Changes Mean__

This CA CCSS-M aligned course sequence
represents a departure from past practice when most students took Algebra by 8^{th}
grade. Beginning in 2014-15, most
8^{th} grade students took **Math
8**, which embodies the new 8^{th} grade CA math standards adopted in
2013. This is course did not exist
under the old standards and prepares students for a __more challenging__ **Algebra 1**, **Geometry** and **Algebra 2**
sequence at high school. In fact, **Math 8**
includes standards from the “old” **Algebra
1** **and** “old” **Geometry**. The
California Framework for Mathematics (2013) helps explain the change: “**Algebra 1 is a course that, prior to CA
CCSS-M, has been taught in 8 ^{th} grade to an increasing number of
students. That same course name
will be the default for ninth grade for most students who moving forward will
complete the CA CCSS-M for grade eight – a course that is more rigorous and
demanding than the earlier versions of Algebra 1.” **It also says,

In all grades, students will still be developing procedural fluency and solving problems in a traditional way. They will also be using quantitative reasoning to explain their mathematical thinking, examining different ways to solve problems and completing challenging performance tasks that ask them to read, write and complete complex real world problems.

Students moving from 6There are multiple opportunities for
students to accelerate their mathematics studies in high school. The following
descriptions are based on courses that are fully aligned to the CA math
standards. (**Algebra 1** was fully
aligned in 2015-2016, **Geometry** is
fully aligned in 2016-2017, and **Algebra
2** is fully aligned in 2017-2018).* *

*Honors Courses* offer one
opportunity for students to accelerate. Both **Honors Geometry** and **Honors
Algebra 2** contain additional standards (+ standards) that students will
study and master. These additional standards, alongside the **Geometry** and **Algebra 2** standards, prepare students to “skip” **Pre-Calculus** and move directly from **Honors Algebra 2** into **AP Calculus AB**.

*Concurrent math courses* offer a second
opportunity for students to accelerate. Students can enroll in **Algebra 1** and **Geometry** OR **Geometry** and
**Algebra 2** during the same school
year. This option is recommended __only for students with a very strong Math 8 or Algebra 1 understanding__.

__For the 2016-2017 school year only:__

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