Math Placement Information

  • Our Commitment to Students

    Part of our academic commitment is to prepare students to be college and career ready upon graduating from high school. In order to assure this level of readiness, we shall provide students with the opportunity to complete a sequence of mathematics courses recommended for admission into the University of California and California State University systems, to the extent possible.

    For additional information, please read LVJUSD Board Policy 6152.1

  • Math Placement Timeline

    April: Placement test taken during current math class
    May: Teachers & District review math placement data and determine math class placement for following year
    May/June: Letters are sent to parents to inform of math placement for following year
    August/ September: Students are assessed within the first month of the school year to be sure they are placed in the appropriate math course. Students who may be found to be misplaced will promptly be moved into the appropriate course. Within 10 days of the initial assessment, students and their parents/guardians who may disagree with the placement decision may appeal the decision to the superintendent or principal. Additionally, students will not be required to repeat courses which they have successfully completed. 


  • Math Placement Matrix

    The LVJUSD Math Placement Matrix is a way to use information from multiple student data sources to determine the best math placement. What data is used in the Placement Matrix?

    The 3 criteria that are used:

    • CAASPP Score (previous 2 years)
    • Assessment (MDTP)
    • Grades from T1 & T2
    • Teacher Recommendation

    Additional data used (if needed) for determining math placement:

    • Grade from T3
    • Score from End of Course exam
    • 2019 CAASPP math result
math flow chart

  • Appeal Process

    Please discuss with your child's teacher the recommended math class and the data. To appeal your child's math placement, please complete the appeal form and turn it in to the school your child will attend in the fall.

    Math Placement Appeal Form

  • Math Course Acceleration from 5th to 6th Grade

    As students are being placed in a math class from 5th to 6th grade, multiple pieces of data are being used to determine if the student should be placed in the grade level pathway or the accelerated pathway. Students who take the grade level pathway, will complete Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8 during their middle schools years. As a ninth grader, students will take Algebra I - the grade level course for all California students. These courses teach to the California State Standards for Math (Common Core 2010).

    Students who begin the acceleration pathway as a sixth grader will complete Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8 in two years. This is a compacts three years of standards during students’ 6th grade and 7th grade years and prepares students to take Algebra I as an 8th grader.

    Our Middle School Math Courses page provides details about textbooks and topics covered in each course.

    Additional Acceleration Options

    If a student is demonstrating knowledge and skills beyond the current middle school course, the student can accelerate. Options for acceleration beyond the initial middle school placement are important for students who did not accelerate in 6th grade or who may need additional acceleration options.

    To accelerate, a student must prove proficiency in the grade level course (CA Standards) in which they would like to “skip”. To do this, the student must take the District Final for that particular course and score 85% or better. All middle school math courses have District Finals. Site administrators and math teachers are responsible for administering tests, with the support of the Curriculum Department.

    Students cannot prove proficiency for Algebra I. Algebra I is a required California math course.