## SMUSD Math Pathways

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**SMUSD Math Pathways:**

Middle school students follow either the **CA CCSS-M Aligned Standard Pathway** or, for appropriate incoming 7th 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 8th grade. Beginning in 2014-15, most 8th grade students took **Math 8**, which embodies the new 8th 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 8th 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,** "Today's students, who are similar to those who may have previously been able to master Algebra 1 in grade eight, may find the new CA CCSS-M for grade eight significantly more difficult. This provides the opportunity to strengthen conceptual understanding by encouraging students - even strong mathematical students - to meet the CA CCSS-M grade standards while enrolled in grade eight."**

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 6th grade into 7th may choose to take**Accelerated Math 7/8**. This demanding sequence compresses three years of standards into two years. Students experience all the 7th grade standards and much of the 8th grade standards during their 7th grade year. In their 8th grade year, students experience the rest of the 8th grade standards and all of

**Algebra 1**. Once in high school, students may move into

**Honors Geometry**and

**Honors Algebra 2**that include enhanced standards. SMUSD will offer a range of choices to students beyond

**Algebra 2**including

**Pre-Calculus**,

**AP Calculus AB**and

**BC**,

**Math Analysis**,

**AP Statistics**and

**Discrete Math**.

**Acceleration in High School**

There 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:**

**as this will move students from the new pathway onto the old pathway. The implication of this is that students will experience an Algebra 2 curriculum that is not fully aligned to CA math standards (including some repetition from**

*Students should not concurrently enroll in Geometry and Algebra 2,***Algebra 1**, and missing much of the

**Pre-Calculus**standards), and will result in students being required to take

**Pre-Calculus**before taking

**AP Calculus AB**.