CCSA Answers: SB 359: California Mathematics Placement Act and Charter Schools

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June 3, 2016 Question: Does SB 359: California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 apply to charter schools?

Answer: Yes. SB 359 applies to the boards of all local educational agencies, including charter schools, that serve students entering 9th grade. Before the start of the 2016-17 school year, these school boards must "develop and adopt, in a regularly scheduled public meeting, a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy for pupils entering grade 9." The policy must include the following five elements:

  • Multiple objective academic measures (interim assessments, statewide assessments, placement tests, grades, report cards)
  • Checkpoint within the first month of school to ensure accurate placement
  • Annual review of aggregate student performance regarding demographics
  • Clear recourse for parents who question a student's placement
  • Requirement for the consistency of placements between elementary and high school

Read SB 359 here.