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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Math misplacement occurs when students are held back in math even though objective measures such as grades and test scores indicate they should advance to the next course. This has the potential to hurt student's confidence and affects the State's ability to close the academic achievement gap, all of which are critical to developing a highly-skilled and educated workforce that can keep California competitive in a global economy.

NCG member the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's (SVCF) research on the issue, Held Back: Addressing Misplacement of 9th Grade Students in Bay Area School Math Classes documents that African American and Latino students are disproportionately affected by being misplaced in math throughout the state.

SVCF is leading the charge to address math misplacement by sponsoring the California Placement Act of 2015-AB 359 to make sure all California school districts adopt fair and transparent math placement policies that take multiple objective measures into consideration. SVCF is excited to announce that SB 359 has passed legislature with overwhelming support and is awaiting the Governor's signature.

To learn how you can support the last step of this legislative process, get engaged or get more information on the bill, click here. For other questions please contact Gina Dalma, SVCF Special Advisor to the CEO on Public Policy or Emmet Carson, SVCF Chief Executive Officer.


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