SFUSD Mathematics Department
We are continuously working towards our vision that all students will make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Find out about how we are doing this by exploring our site!
Find out about the options available for High School students here: High School Pathways
Find information about the Math Validation Test here.
De-tracking has a positive impact on all students. Find out more with these Quick Facts about Math and Tracking. This document is also available in Chinese and Spanish.
A new position paper from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and TODOS: Mathematics for ALL explicitly recommends "eliminate[ing] tracking systems that sort children based on perceived ability and demographic profile" (p. 4). Read the full paper.
Historic shifts in Math show promise - Students significantly more likely to pass Algebra the first time
PRESS RELEASE: New SFUSD data show that students who took Common Core Algebra 1 in ninth grade were 83 percent less likely to have to repeat the course than students who took Algebra 1 in eighth grade. The comparison between current juniors and seniors marks SFUSD’s transition to its current approach to secondary math instruction.
Encouraging students to make mistakes to improve math outcomes
In this article in EdSource, SFUSD Math Supervisor Lizzy Hull Barnes discusses important tenets of the SFUSD Math Core Curriculum, including fostering a growth mindset, promoting mathematical discourse, encouraging flexible approaches to problem solving, and honoring mistakes as opportunities for new learning.
SFUSD makes the grade in its new approach to math
Our superintendent Vincent Matthews talks about the changes in SFUSD math in the past few years, what's different, and how we know that we are making progress. From the San Francisco Examiner
No algebra before 9th grade? SFUSD clarifies the misconception (Chinese)
Journalist Han Li reflects on the changes to the teaching of Algebra, both the course and the content, in World Journal. From the article: "According to CCSS, all public schools in California need to teach algebra across many grades from K–12. At SFUSD, 8th grade math covers over 50% of the algebra content, as well as content not previously taught in middle and high school math, such as statistics and mathematical modeling." Read the full article here.
You’re all ‘math people,’ but you just didn’t know it
Jennifer L. Ruef writes in the San Francisco Chronicle about how and why we are all math people. Here is what you can do to help your child with math: Listen to them.
Aspen Institute Case Study: Putting It All Together
A case study from the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development explores how schools and school districts across the country are integrating social, emotional and academic development (SEAD) into their K–12 classroom curricula. The SFUSD math curriculum is highlighted on page 6 as an example of promising practice that integrates the development of students' academic, social, and emotional skills.
Historic shifts in Math show promise: Students significantly more likely to pass Algebra the first time
New SFUSD data show that students who took Common Core Algebra 1 in ninth grade were 83 percent less likely to have to repeat the course than students who took Algebra 1 in eighth grade. The comparison between current juniors and seniors marks SFUSD’s transition to its current approach to secondary math instruction.
This new analysis comes on the heels of a report released by SRI International last year regarding SFUSD’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning Initiative. The SRI report showed that SFUSD’s eighth grade students were testing ahead of peers in other school districts in math performance.
Read the full press release.
New Partnership Announced between SFUSD Math and Science and Tuva
Tuva, the leading data literacy platform for K-12 education, will partner with SFUSD for the 2017–18 School Year to help bridge the gap between math and science education and enable math and science teachers across the district meet the rigors of the new NGSS and the Common Core Math Standards.
This partnership will provide SFUSD middle and high school math and science teachers access to the growing collection of authentic, scientific datasets, Tuva's research-based, interactive graphing and statistical tools, and inquiry-based activities, lessons, and assessment tasks.
The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and TODOS: Mathematics for ALL have just published a new position paper titled, "Mathematics Education Through the Lens of Social Justice: Acknowledgment, Actions, and Accountability." In this paper, they define a social justice approach to math education and provide recommendations for how to work toward that approach. One of those recommendations is to "eliminate tracking systems that sort children based on perceived ability and demographic profile" (p. 4).
The SFUSD Math Core Curriculum is only available to employees of SFUSD. Math Portals provide access to our curriculum. Google Classroom is the platform for teachers to receive announcements and notifications about their grade level or course. More information about our Core Curriculum can be found here.
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High school math teachers reflect on their experience with the first year of heterogeneous Algebra 1 classes in 9th grade.
SRI Report A new report from SRI Education on SFUSD’s Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) Learning Initiative shows SFUSD’s eighth grade students ahead of peers in other school districts when it comes to math performance.
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