SFUSD Math Validation Test
2021 Math Validation Test Dates:
There will be two administrations of the Math Validation Test in 2021, one in May, and one in August. The test dates and more information will be posted on this site in the Spring.
There will be two administrations of the Math Validation Test in 2021, one in May, and one in August. The test dates and more information will be posted on this site in the Spring.
SFUSD follows the Common Core Math recommended course sequence, in which students take Common Core State Standardsbased (CCSS) Math 8 in 8th grade and CCSS Algebra 1 in 9th grade. CCSS Math 8 is a rigorous course that prepares students for success in high school math courses.
Students who complete a fullyear Algebra 1 course prior to 9th grade must pass the Math Validation Test (MVT) to be placed in CCSS Geometry in 9th grade. This test is not required; only students who wish to take Geometry as freshmen should apply. Requirements:

Letters for families about the SFUSD Math Validation Test are available in the following languages:

The SFUSD course sequence for math provides a focused, coherent, and rigorous learning experience that balances mathematical content knowledge with mathematical practices. Students take CCSS Algebra 1 in 9th grade and CCSS Geometry in 10th grade. In 11th grade, students choose to take either CCSS Algebra 2 or a compression course, CCSS Algebra 2 + Precalculus, that will prepare students for AP Calculus in 12th grade.
In accordance with the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 (SB359), the SFUSD Board of Education has passed the Math Placement Policy, which describes the process by which students will be placed in their 9th grade math class:
In accordance with the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 (SB359), the SFUSD Board of Education has passed the Math Placement Policy, which describes the process by which students will be placed in their 9th grade math class:
 Incoming 9th graders who have completed a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Math 8 course will be placed in CCSS Algebra 1.
 Incoming 9th graders who have completed a full year Algebra 1 course from an accredited school covering the subject matter taught in CCSS Math 8 and CCSS Algebra 1 and have earned grades of C or higher will be eligible to take CCSS Geometry in 9th grade if they pass the SFUSD Math Validation Test (MVT). To meet the requirements for the MVT, a school’s Algebra 1 course must cover all CCSS Algebra 1 content within SFUSD’s Math Placement Policy.
Math Validation Test FAQs
When will the MVT be administered in 2021?
The test will be administered in May and August, 2021. The dates have not been determined yet.
When will online registration be opened?
The online application will be open in Spring 2021.
Is there a fee associated with the test?
No, eligible students sit for the exam free of charge.
Why is the test given after the start of school?
In accordance with the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 (SB359), school districts must “[include] at least one placement checkpoint within the first month of the school year to ensure accurate placement.” California Code, Education Code  EDC § 51224.7.b.2
If my child passes the MVT, do I need to contact their school to change their schedule?
No. Results are reported directly to schools, and counselors make scheduling changes, accordingly.
Where can I find practice questions for the MVT?
See MVT Released Items.
Where is the test administered?
Because of COVID19, the administration location details may be subject to change. All details will be emailed to families closer to the test administration date.
Will my child be able to take AP Calculus in high school if they take Algebra 1 in 9th grade?
Yes. See SFUSD's recommended course sequences.
Why do all SFUSD 9th graders take Algebra 1?
See Support for our Course Sequence.
The test will be administered in May and August, 2021. The dates have not been determined yet.
When will online registration be opened?
The online application will be open in Spring 2021.
Is there a fee associated with the test?
No, eligible students sit for the exam free of charge.
Why is the test given after the start of school?
In accordance with the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 (SB359), school districts must “[include] at least one placement checkpoint within the first month of the school year to ensure accurate placement.” California Code, Education Code  EDC § 51224.7.b.2
If my child passes the MVT, do I need to contact their school to change their schedule?
No. Results are reported directly to schools, and counselors make scheduling changes, accordingly.
Where can I find practice questions for the MVT?
See MVT Released Items.
Where is the test administered?
Because of COVID19, the administration location details may be subject to change. All details will be emailed to families closer to the test administration date.
Will my child be able to take AP Calculus in high school if they take Algebra 1 in 9th grade?
Yes. See SFUSD's recommended course sequences.
Why do all SFUSD 9th graders take Algebra 1?
See Support for our Course Sequence.