Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Grades 6 - 8
What changes will I see for the 2012-2013 school year?
Sixth grade students will be enrolled in heterogeneous grade level math instruction, aligned to the new CCSS standards. These standards offer a depth and rigor that has not been previously taught in grade 6.
For more information about grade 6 CCSS mathematics please read the document on Grade 6 Instructional Content ODE/CCSS Alignment.
There are two different course pathways in seventh grade that lead to Algebra:
- CCSS Math 7: Instruction will focus on the adopted, more advanced CCSS mathematics standards. After completing this course these students will go on to CCSS 8th grade math as 8th graders, and then take CCSS Algebra as freshmen.
- CCSS Compacted Math Year One will cover one-and-a-half years of mathematics. Instruction will align to the complete CCSS 7th grade as well as approximately fifty percent of the CCSS 8th grade standards. Students who successfully complete this course will enter CCSS Compacted Math Year Two as 8th graders. Instruction will align to the remaining 8th grade CCSS as well as all of the standards from CCSS Algebra. Students who successfully complete Compacted Math Year Two will exit 8th grade with one year of high school math credit (CCSS Algebra).
Eighth Grade may offer up to three levels of mathematics as we transition to full implementation of the CCSS:
- CCSS Math 8: Instruction will focus on the more advanced CCSS mathematics standards. Students currently enrolled in Math 7 will take CCSS Math 8 as 8th graders. After completing this course these students will go on to take CCSS Algebra as freshmen.
- CCSS Compacted Math Year Two: Instruction will focus on the more advanced CCSS mathematics standards. Current Math 7 students meeting the placement guidelines will be placed in CCSS Compacted Math 8 Year Two as eighth graders. Students who successfully complete Compacted Math Year Two will exit 8th grade with one year of high school math credit (CCSS Algebra). As freshmen these students will enroll in CCSS Geometry.
- Students who are currently enrolled in Algebra 1-2 and successfully complete this course will be placed in Geometry as 8th graders. These students will receive high school credit for both Algebra 1-2 and Geometry. As freshman these students will enroll in Advanced Algebra.
How will current 6th grade students be placed in a Math Class for the 2012-13 School Year?
School Teams will consider student scores on all of the following three assessments to determine student placement.
- Students who meet or exceed on the OAKS Math test will be considered for Compacted Math Year One placement.
- Students who receive a score of 4 or above on the Compacted Assessment of Readiness will be considered for Compacted Year One placement.
- Student’s portfolio; including work samples and other assessments that have all received a strong rating or score will be considered for Compacted Year One placement.
For more information about assessment and placement please read the Grade 7 Criteria for Student Placement
Will my student have access to IB/AP Math in High School?
- Yes, students will still be able to take IB/AP Mathematics in high school. All students will have the opportunity to enroll in at least one year of an advanced math class in high school. Students, who successfully complete CCSS Compacted Math Year One and Year Two by the end of 8th grade, will be able to enroll in at least two years of advanced math classes in high school.
Why is a separate Geometry class being phased out at the middle level?
- With the transition to the Common Core State Standards, more than sixty percent of the math content currently taught in higher grade levels is moving to CCSS math in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students will still have access to this level of content but it is no longer taught as a separate course. The depth of this content will now be taught in core mid-level math classes.
- At the same time, many of Oregon’s current standards for advanced skills and knowledge in mathematics (Pre-Calculus, Statistics, and Calculus) will be taught in CCSS Algebra, CCSS Geometry, and CCSS Advanced Algebra.
- To ensure that students will be successful in CCSS high school mathematics courses, they must have mastered the needed CCSS prerequisite skills and content.
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