Math Placement Criteria Grade 8 to Grade 9

The purpose of this page is to acquaint you with the instruments used in math placement from grade eight to grade nine and to provide you with the ranges we use as guidelines. Math placement is not something that happens at the end of the year. Rather, it is an ongoing process with specific milestones throughout the year. The math department also feels it is important to include a general description of each CCHS course.

CCHS LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS

There are four levels in mathematics at CCHS designed to meet the different learning styles of students. To a large extent, the curriculum and the order in which the topics are taught are consistent across each of the four levels of a particular subject area. The major differences among the levels are the way in which new content is presented, the pacing of the course, and the amount of review of previously learned topics. Below are more detailed descriptions of each level.

Honors Geometry: This level is designed for students who have demonstrated the highest level of proficiency with non-routine, abstract and challenging math concepts. Students have well-developed, independent, and productive work habits.  Students consistently demonstrate mastery of previously learned topics and retain learning without re-teaching. Students learn new topics at an accelerated pace with minimal repetition and can readily apply and synthesize concepts to solve novel problems (including in testing situations).

Enriched Geometry: This is an enriched level designed for students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency with abstract and challenging math concepts.  Students have developed productive work habits, can demonstrate mastery of previously learned topics, and retain learning with limited re-teaching and review.  Students learn new topics at a fast pace with some repetition. With practice, students can apply and synthesize concepts to solve some novel problems (including in testing situations).

Integrated Math A:  This level incorporates a sequence of three courses, each of which includes algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry standards. The theory underlying this approach is that, in the real world, problems do not come labeled requiring a specific approach.  By using an “integrated” approach, students can decide what skills to use to solve a particular problem, no matter what the content area. Students have mastery of some previously learned topics, and retain learning with re-teaching and review. Students will learn how to use a combination of skills from algebra, geometry, statistics, and trigonometry depending on their analysis and approach to solving problems.  This level is taught at a moderate pace with sufficient repetition.

Integrated Math B:  This level incorporates a sequence of three courses, each of which includes algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry standards.  The integrated approach used in this level will enable students to problem solve using different strategies. Students will draw on previously learned material and develop new skills at a pace that provides significant time for conceptual understanding.  Students will learn how to use a combination of skills from algebra, geometry, statistics, and trigonometry depending on their analysis and approach to solving problems.

Note: Arrows indicate typical paths through the Mathematics sequence and do not preclude other movement between levels.

Placement Process for High School Math

For those students in Independent and Guided Grade 8 Algebra, the following criteria will be used for placement into CCHS math classes.

Honors Geometry    95 +

Enriched Geometry    80 – 94

Integrated Math A           60 – 79

Integrated Math B           – 59

For those pre-algebra students, currently taking Directed math in Grade 8, the following criteria will be used for placement into CCHS math classes

Integrated Math A          80 +

Integrated Math B          0 – 79

The grades listed include unit assessment averages (not homework / report card averages). In June CMS will give CCHS the current student grades that CCHS will check against the February grade ranges for possible student level changes.