Get the LGUSD board, the superintendent and the principals to reinstate an accelerated math track in the mainstream curriculum
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Dear LGUSD Parents,
Starting this school year (2013-14) and potentially moving forward, LGUSD has stopped offering an accelerated math program for current 6th graders.
Until this year, there have been 3 tracks for math at Fisher starting as early as 6th grade – basic, advanced and accelerated. For the accelerated track, 5th and 6th graders could take a placement test at the end of the year that allowed them to skip ahead and take only 1 year of basic math + pre-algebra instead of 2 years. These students completed geometry at Fisher and entered 9th grade at the Algebra 2 level.
This accelerated track enabled students to take AP Calculus in 11th grade and opened up options for multiple AP math classes in high school.
AP classes in 11th grade and student scores are a big factor in getting students into top colleges, getting scholarships for the students, and contributing to high school ratings. Approximately 15% of Fisher students are in this track each year.
This accelerated program has contributed to the Los Gatos schools’ reputation for high quality education and test scores.
The rationale given for putting this 3rd track on hold is related to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and time needed to adjust the curriculum. LGUSD has indicated that a plan will be developed in time, but there is not a firm timetable for this. Neighboring communities such as Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Altos and Palo Alto are indicating that they are planning on continuing with their accelerated math program in conjunction with the new Common Core approach.
The suspension of this program could affect ALL families and students in LGUSD.
If current and future students do not have it available, the lack of this program could affect the reputation that Los Gatos has for its commitment to top-quality education. To remain a high-achieving school district, LGUSD needs to develop a near-term implementation plan for reinstating an accelerated program within the Common Core curriculum for its top-tier math students.
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