Needed: Careful evaluation of Algebra I placements in grade 8
Which students should be placed in Algebra I in 8th grade?
Information from the EdSource study, Improving Middle Grades Math Performance, is helping local school leaders throughout California more effectively address this question.
This 2-page brief summarizes the key messages from this comprehensive study, including findings regarding the relationship between students' prior math achievement, their placements in 8th grade, and their subsequent success.
EdSource thanks the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, Inc., for their support of the analysis on which this brief is based.
This brief was developed with input from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Middle Grades Education Council. ACSA is proud to support the distribution of this brief as a service to its members across California.