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Math Placement Policy

The Cottonwood Mathematics Placement Policy

Philosophy

All students can learn mathematics at high levels at The Cottonwood High School through a rigorous curriculum, strong instructional support, and intervention when needed.

Rationale

The Cottonwood High School placement guidelines provide “a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy” for students entering 9th Grade (California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015). The Cottonwood High School placement guidelines include California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) math scores, Star 360 math assessment score, standards-aligned assessments, and mathematics grades.

Math Courses

Course Title

Course

Pre - algebra

The focus of this course is to prepare students for Algebra 1 by providing students with experiences to increase their understanding of mathematical concepts and the related skills and processes.

Course Placement Criteria

· Student earned below a C in 8th grade math

· Star 360 test recommendation

· Standards-aligned assessment

Algebra I

(meets a-g*)

The primary goal in Algebra 1 is to help students transfer their concrete mathematical knowledge to more abstract algebraic generalizations. Students explore the topics that include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs and equations. Students will apply mathematical properties to algebraic equations. Students will solve problems using equations, graphs and tables to investigate linear relationships. Throughout this course, students will develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving techniques to prepare for subsequent math courses and college entrance exams.

Course Placement Criteria

· Student earned a C or better in 8th grade math

· Star 360 test recommendation

· Standards-aligned assessment

Geometry

(meets a-g*)

The course develops an understanding of the key concepts: constructions, transformations, parallel and perpendicular lines, right triangles, theorems involving proofs, trigonometry ratios, perimeter, area, volume, and circles. The students will use modeling to extend their understanding of the concepts through real-world examples. Throughout this course, students will develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving techniques to prepare for subsequent math courses and college entrance exams.

Course Placement Criteria

· Student earned a C or better in Algebra I

· Star 360 test recommendation

· Standards-aligned assessment

Algebra II

(meets a-g*)

Topics covered will include equations and inequalities, coordinates and graphs, general functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions. Trigonometric functions of angles and of real numbers, analytic trigonometry, systems of equations and inequalities, sequences and series. Throughout this course, students will develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving techniques to prepare for subsequent math courses and college entrance exams.

Course Placement Criteria

· Student earned a C or better in Geometry

· Star 360 test recommendation

· Standards-aligned assessment

*a-g are the UC admission requirements.

Placement Checkpoint

At least one placement checkpoint will occur within the first month of the school year to ensure accurate placement and to permit reevaluation of individual student progress as stated in the Mathematics Placement Act of 2015.

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