Mathematics Pathways and Acceleration
San Leandro USD Mathematics program bases its core instruction on the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, with implementation guidance from the CA Mathematics Framework.
While we follow the recommendations from the state framework as well as the Common Core State Standards Initiative on secondary math pathways and encourage all students to follow the traditional or standard math sequence as indicated in the pathway diagrams below, SLUSD recognizes that students and families may be interested in an accelerated math pathway.
The accelerated middle school math course pathways in SLUSD consists of a 3/2 compression course beginning in 7th grade. Participating students will engage with Math 7 and a portion of Math 8 standards in 7th grade, followed by the remainder of Math 8 and the full series of Algebra 1 standards in 8th grade.
Middle School Math Course Sequence
Below is the sequence of math courses for middle school students.
Criteria for Middle School Math Acceleration
As of the 20-21 school year, all 6th grade students will take Math 6. In order to enter into Accelerated Math 7/8A as 7th graders, 6th grade students must meet criteria as described below. Middle school students who have already accelerated as of Spring 2020 will continue to the next math course as indicated in the course sequence diagram above.
Rising 9th graders who are interested in enrolling in the Summer Algebra Acceleration course must submit an application and must be approved before applying to the program.
Math Acceleration Criteria
Math Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) Readiness Score*
(number of questions answered correctly)
*Due to COVID-19, for 20-21 placement, district interim assessment scores will replace MDTP as assessment for acceleration. Performance values assigned as below.
District Interim Assessment
(used for 20-21 placement only)
Standard Nearly Met
Standard Not Met
Smarter Balanced Math Score
(higher of previous 2 years)
Student Habits/Acceleration Readiness
(rubric total score based on teacher recommendation)
The Overall Score is the total of the Performance Values.
Overall Multiple Measure Score Criteria for Math Acceleration
Placement from Math 6 to Math 7/8A (rising 7th graders)
Placement in Summer Accelerated Algebra (rising 9th graders)
Placement in Math 7/8A
Enroll in Summer Accelerated Algebra 1 course
Less than 10**
Placement in Math 7
Placement in High School Algebra 1
**students who do not meet the initial score criteria for moving from Math 6 to Math 7/8A may still apply. Applicants may then be placed on a waiting list and admitted into the course.
Timeline for 20-21 Placement
For the 20-21 school year, the process for placement into the accelerated math pathway is as follows:
District identifies students eligible for Accelerated Math 7/8A (using Smarter Balanced and District Interim Assessment scores).
Notifications sent to all 6th grade families regarding pre-qualification and opportunity to apply for Accelerated Math 7/8A.
Final notifications about 7th grade math course placement to applicants.
Below are links to district webinars regarding updated middle school course pathways.
For more information, please email SanLeandroMath@slusd.us.
High School Math Course Sequence Options
For those students who elect to follow the recommended, traditional course sequence in middle school, but who still want to accelerate, below are options to accelerate in High School.