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Math Pathways

Student Placement in Mathematics Courses

Math Pathways

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:

Math Pathways Graphic for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

All 6th graders take CC Math 6. In grade 7, students will take one of two courses, CC Math 7 or CC Math 7/8. In grade 8, students are again in one of two possible courses, CC Math 8 or CC Math 8/Algebra 1.

The majority of 7th graders will be placed in CC Math 7, the grade level course, and will follow the Pathway A sequence of courses. Some qualifying students will be placed in Pathway B where three courses are compacted over a two year time period.

The Student Placement Team considers multiple measures when placing students. The team will consider the following placement criteria:


  • Grade Level Common Assessments (first attempt -- ongoing throughout the year)

  • Math Placement Test (spring)

  • CAASPP Scores (previous year included)

Additional Criteria:

  • Course Grades

All students take an exam in the spring to help determine pathway placement. There is nothing that a student can do to prepare for the exam other than to stay engaged throughout the year.

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 CC Math 7. The CC Math 8 Bridge Course is a three-week intensive course available during the summer 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.

Appropriate student math placement is one of the most critical tasks for the Student Placement Team. A strong foundation in middle school mathematics is essential to students’ continued interest and engagement in mathematics. All courses are designed to be rigorous and to develop conceptual understanding and problem-solving. When learning mathematics, rigor is the depth of understanding, not acceleration and the ‘covering’ of material. A student may earn an A in their current course and still not demonstrate readiness for the demands of the compacted pathway.

Parents will receive a letter in May that shares the student placement.