SFUSD Math Validation Test
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. Test Date: Saturday, August 24 at 9:00 AM. Deadline: Applications and all documentation must be submitted before Friday, August 16 at 5 PM. Requirements:

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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 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
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
Can students take the test in both May and August?
Yes; students who do not pass the MVT in May can take the test again in August. Students must reapply for the August test.
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?
At an SFUSD school. All details are emailed to families upon confirmation of eligibility.
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.
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
Can students take the test in both May and August?
Yes; students who do not pass the MVT in May can take the test again in August. Students must reapply for the August test.
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?
At an SFUSD school. All details are emailed to families upon confirmation of eligibility.
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.