In fall 2019, we launched a new middle school math curriculum to ensure students have the foundational skills necessary to be successful in algebra and beyond.
Some learning standards that were once taught in Algebra 1 are being introduced in 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade math courses. Specific examples are available on our math web section.
Our experience and data show that students who take algebra and geometry in middle school are not as successful as we would expect on the SAT and other measures of college-ready math skills. Skipping 6th-, 7th- or 8th-grade math courses has left students with gaps in knowledge that show up in high school.
Students will be more successful in high-level math courses if they have stronger foundational math instruction in middle school. Students who have had the foundational instruction and show mastery of 7th- and 8th-grade math standards will be able to take algebra and geometry in middle school.
This year, teachers are increasingly implementing complex instruction, which is an instructional approach that ensures all students access rigorous content at a high intellectual level. This provides access for all and enrichment to extend student thinking.
This middle school math pathway will not prevent students from accessing calculus and statistics coursework at the high school level. Future decisions regarding the high school schedule will define how these courses would be sequenced.