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Santa Clara USD |  AR  6152.1  Instruction

Placement In Mathematics Courses   

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Placement Protocols

In determining student placement in mathematics courses for students entering grades 6-8, the Superintendent or designee shall assess whether each student has the prerequisite skills for success in the course and consider student and parent/guardian requests. Such determinations shall be based on multiple measures, including, but not limited to, the following:

1. The readiness tests of the University of California's Mathematics Diagnosis Testing Project, and/or district assessments

2. The student's grades in his/her current mathematics course (rising 7-8 graders only)

3. Teacher recommendations, if necessary (rising 7-8 graders only)

4. For students with disabilities, an alternate test or other measures when designated in a student's individualized education program (IEP)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 - State Academic Achievement Tests)

In determining student placement in mathematics courses for students entering grade 9, students are placed in their next level mathematics course.

Individual student performance data shall be analyzed each spring prior to scheduling and placing students into secondary mathematics courses. Students and parents/guardians shall be notified in writing by the end of the school year as to the mathematics course in which the student has been placed.

No student shall be required to repeat a mathematics course which he/she has successfully completed in accordance with district's placement protocols.

Students who exhibit deficits in knowledge and skills needed to advance to a higher level mathematics course may receive supplemental instruction to improve achievement of mathematic content standards.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)


Within the first month of the school year, mathematics course placements shall be individually reevaluated to ensure placement in the most rigorous mathematics course for which the student has the potential for success.

Criteria for reevaluating each student's placement shall include, but are not limited to, course preassessment results, attendance, and student performance in the first month of the school year as determined by teacher observation and grades on assignments and tests. Student and parent/guardian request for course placement may also be considered.

Notification of Placement Protocol

The district's policy and protocols related to student placement in mathematics courses shall be posted on the district's web site. (Education Code 51224.7)

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

The Superintendent or designee shall also make the district's placement policy, protocols, and course sequence readily accessible to students, parents/guardians, and staff at school sites and/or in student handbooks.


Within 10 school days of an initial placement decision or a placement decision upon reevaluation, a student and his/her parent/guardian who disagree with the placement may appeal the decision to the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall decide whether or not to overrule the placement determination within 10 school days of receiving the appeal.


approved: January 10, 2019 Santa Clara, California