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Math Pathways

Student Placement in Mathematics Courses

Miller Creek has designed a mathematics program that aligns with California’s State Standards for Mathematics and has implemented a curriculum that meets the demand of both the content and practice standards. The Miller Creek Mathematics Pathways are as follows:


Placement Criteria


  • Grade Level Common Assessments (first attempt -- ongoing throughout the year)
  • Math Diagnostic Placement Test
  • CAASPP Scores

Additional Criteria:

  • Course Grades
  • Teacher Recommendation

All current sixth and seventh grade students take an exam in the spring to help determine pathway placement. The Student Placement Team will consider the results of this exam in combination with the additional criteria named above to place every student.  Parents will receive a letter in May that shares the student placement. Pathway A is the grade level pathway that most students will take. Pathway B compresses three years of mathematics courses into two years. A student may earn an A in their current course and still not demonstrate readiness for the demands of the compressed pathway.


The ‘Bridge Course’ identified in the graphic above is designed for a small group of rising 8th grade students that have demonstrated the readiness to move to Pathway B after taking Math 7. The Math 8 Bridge Course is a three week intensive course available during the summer (7/26/17 - 8/11/17) and must be recommended by the Student Placement Team. Eligible students and their families will be notified of this opportunity in May. The Bridge Course must be completed to move to Pathway B.