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Secondary Math Placement

For Transitional Grades (5 - 6 & 8 - 9)

In accordance with the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015, Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) 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 choices about placement for your student(s). We want you to make the best informed decision for your student that will allow them the opportunity to have a successful math experience in PUSD and beyond.

Questions regarding placement should be directed to your student's counselor or school administration. 

Secondary Math Sequence

Secondary Math Course Descriptions

Secondary Math Placement Rubric  How secondary students are placed.

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 a 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.

Proper placement of students is crucial to their success both emotionally and academically in math. For this reason, please note the appeal waiver does not guarantee a change in math placement.