Secondary Math Placement for Transitional Grades (5th to 6th and 8th to 9th)

  • In accordance with The California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015, the Pasadena Unified School District has adopted a "fair, objective and transparent mathematics placement policy". The information provided below gives details regarding math course sequences, course descriptions and rubrics. We encourage that you review all of the information completely and have an understanding of these materials before making any choices about placement for your student(s). We want you to make the best informed decision for your student that will allow him/her the opportunity to have a successful math experience in PUSD and beyond.

    Please note that placement is based upon the criteria set forth in the Secondary Math Placement Rubric provided. Any questions regarding the placement should be directed to your student's counselor or school Administration. 


    Secondary Math Sequence: This chart identifies possible math sequence options that students may enter beginning in grade six through high school.


    Course Content Descriptions:   In this document you will find an overview of the on-level and accelerated honors math classes offered. Please take note that the honors courses are compacted for acceleration and generally include at least one and a half years of course work in one school year.


    Secondary Math Placement Rubric: This rubric provides details of minimum requirements that students should meet in order to be recommended for a particular math course. These guidelines were developed with knowledge of what type of workload is required in each course to promote student success.


    Math Placement Parent Appeal Form: In accordance with The California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015, which states the placement policy must offer a "clear and timely recourse for each pupil and his or her parent or legal guardian who questions the pupil's placement", PUSD has provided this Math placement Parent Appeal form. Prior to any change in a student's recommended placement, both the student and parent/legal guardian will be counseled on the impact of any proposed change in placement. The waiver can be used to request placement above or below the recommended placement.*

    Please be advised that the process for math placement is based on a detailed review of student performance in several areas that may include but are not limited to placement exams, State testing results and class grades. Proper placement of students is crucial to their success both emotionally and academically in math. For this reason the appeal waiver does not guarantee a change in math placement. 


    *Note: The lowest course that is offered at the high school level in Pasadena Unified School District is Integrated Math1. This is in accordance with the California Department of Education requirements.