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    SB 359: The Math Placement Act of 2015 - Request to Review Math Placement

    Senate Bill 359 requires school districts with 8th grades and/or 9th grades to develop, establish, and implement fair, objective and transparent mathematics placement policies that consider multiple objective measures (i.e. California statewide assessments, and student course grades) as the basis for placement and permit multiple checkpoints to assess placement accuracy and student progress, especially at the start of the academic year.

    The following Fremont Unified School District existing Board policies and practices provide a transparent placement policy which meets the requirements of Senate Bill 359 - The Math Placement Act of 2015:

    1. Use multiple objective academic measures of student performance for placement
      • 6th grade math placement test assessment data
      • State assessment data (SBAC)
      • Local assessment data (district benchmarks)
      • 6th grade math grade.
      • 8th grade course and grade
      • State assessment data
      • Local assessment data
      • Initial Secondary Math Placement is made at the end of 6th grade. Multiple measures include:
      • Academic Measures used for placement in 9th grade:
    2. Include at least one placement checkpoint within the first month of the school year to ensure accurate placement
      • Math assessment administered to all 9th graders within the first three weeks of school
      • Placement Checkpoint:
    3. Examine aggregate student placement data annually to ensure students who are qualified to progress in math based on performance are not held back on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic background
      • Math assessment is administered to all 9th graders within the first three weeks of school to ensure accurate placement
      • Number of students by course with grade distribution
      • 8th grade course completion
      • Summer math course performance data
      • Examination of student placement data:
    4. Offer clear and timely recourse for each student and his or her parent or legal guardian who questions the student’s placement
      • Students and parents participate in a course selection process each school year
      • Students and parents are able to provide additional information to assist with placement decisions
      • Academic guidance services are available to help students select courses relevant to their academic needs
      • Recourse for students and parents:

    More information regarding SB 359 [↗] the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015. (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)