New rules to level mathematical playing field

Kevin Forestieri
September 14, 2015


The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is looking at enacting a new policy that uses test scores and student performance to screen students into higher-level math classes, due to pressure from the state and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, which released a report about the non-placement of high-performing students in higher-level math classes.

Superintendent Jeff Harding proposed new guidelines for placement into algebra and geometry, based on objective points such as placement tests, standardized tests, grades, other “objective indicators”, and “talents and abilities” seen by teachers and counselors.

Senate Bill 359 would force districts  to explicitly create math placement policies for eighth- and ninth-graders.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
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