The Poway School District is committed to providing pathways and supports for students to successfully progress to the highest levels of Mathematics. Our placement process is designed to provide both acceleration and interventions to students so that we can support all learners having access to grade level courses.
From 5th Grade to 6th Grade
There are two courses in which students enroll in the 6th Grade. One is Math 6 which teaches the content standards and standards of mathematical practices for Grade 6. The other is a compacted course, Math 6/7, that combines the standards for both content and practices for all of Grade 6 and half of the content for Grade 7.
Process for placement in compacted Math 6/7
Students who score a 252 or above on their Fifth Grade Winter or Spring MAPS testing are recommended for compacted Math 6/7.
Students who score between a 246-251 on their Fifth Grade Winter or Spring MAPS testing are invited to take a computer based Math placement examination. This math test is comprised of test items associated with the new grade 5 state standards and assesses procedural skills and conceptual understanding.
If students did not attend a Poway Unified school in 5th grade, they will be offered a placement test. Poway Unified School District uses the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test published by Northwest Evaluation Association as a measure of a student’s computational skills in mathematics. Testing is conducted in the month of June.
From 8th Grade to 9th Grade
Students in Grade 8 Math will continue their Math studies with the Integrated Pathway at high school beginning in Ninth Grade with our Integrated Math Ia-Ib course. Students who took the compacted Grade 8/Integrated Math course will continue into Integrated IIa-IIb at high school.
Our high school schedules, block and trimester, allow students to advance into the highest levels of mathematics no matter what Integrated Math course they take as freshmen. Students on a trimester schedule may take up to 3 terms of Mathematics and those on a block may take up to 4 terms.
Students needing additional support with learning grade level standards may elect or be recommended for a Math Accel intervention class for elective credit. Recommendations for entry into this course include a review of progress on MAPS assessments, grades earned in Math courses at middle school, teacher input, and progress on State Assessments.