# Middle School Math Placement

### Middle School Math

#### Common Core Middle School Math Courses

Because Evergreen Public Schools has implemented the** Common Core State Standards for Mathematics**, it is critical that our middle school math courses are well aligned to these standards to prepare our students to be college and career ready. As a result, district and building administrators, math coaches, and math teachers collaboratively worked to develop a sequence of Common Core-aligned middle school math courses.

Our middle school math courses are based on recommendations in Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The authors of the Common Core recommend that acceleration in math should be accomplished by compacting content rather than by skipping content.

Evergreen Public Schools offers the following middle school math courses:

Placement can be adjusted at year end with the **EPS Opt-Up Process**, which includes teacher, parent and student input.

^{1}Some students may qualify for this as 6^{th} graders

^{2}High School credit

**New opportunities for Math Pathways:**

- Students who demonstrate a depth of understanding, with evidence of mastery of both current grade level standards and the ability to reason about standards beyond the current grade level may access a more appropriate pathway.
- If you have questions or need information about your child’s pathway, please contact Corrine Williams (see below).
- Students have the option to take additional
**challenge exams**at the end of each school year through the district process. The challenge exams are for Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra 2.

**Course Descriptions:**

**Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8** are grade-level courses aligned with the **Common Core State Standards for Mathematics**.

o The CCSS-M standards is more focused, coherent, and rigorous than past standards have been.

o **Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8** will build a strong math foundation for students in middle school.

**Compact 6/7 and Compact 7/8 **are for students who need faster pacing.

o Three years of math standards (**Math 6**, **Math 7, and Math 8**) are compacted into two years of instruction.

o This is accomplished by dividing the 7th grade standards between the two courses.

o **Compact 6/7** consists of all of **Math 6** plus a portion of the 7th grade standards.

o **Compact 7/8 **consists of the remaining portion of the 7th grade standards and all of **Math 8**.

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**Additional Information:**

- In the spring, all students in grades 5, 6 and 7 will receive a recommended math placement for the following year.
- This placement will be communicated with parents and students who then have the opportunity to access the Evergreen Public Schools’
**Opt-Up**process.

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**Is my child ready as a sixth grader for Compact 7/8?**

- Consider whether your child can demonstrate sufficient mastery of 6th grade Common Core math skills and concepts
**as well as**a portion of the 7th grade Common Core math skills and concepts to indicate readiness to begin middle school in Compact 7/8. - This means that your child will both
**SKIP****6th grade math content**, some of**7th grade math content**and choose**COMPACTED PACING**through middle school.

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**Compacting Is Preferred To Skipping:**

The authors of the Common Core recommend against skipping content as a way to accelerate in math. Only students who have truly mastered the content of Math 6 should consider skipping a year of math.

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**Standards for Mathematical Practice:**

Common Core expects much more than just procedural skill and fluency. Students are expected to achieve deep conceptual understanding, to demonstrate critical thinking skills, to make connections, to persevere in problem-solving, to apply their learning to solving problems in real world contexts, to justify their reasoning, and to clearly communicate their math thinking. Read more about the Standards for Mathematical Practice at **Standards for Mathematical Practice**.

**Questions?**

Corrine Williams

**Secondary Mathematics Specialist **(6-12)** **

Corrine.Williams@evergreenps.org

(360) 604-1001 ext. 4676