Q & A about the Common Core for Grades 68 
What are the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics?
What is the new course sequence for middle grades and high school?
How do the CCSS Math 8 and CCSS Algebra 1 courses compare to the old Algebra 1 course?
Is CCSS Math 8 the same as the old 8th grade PreAlgebra course?
Can students skip CCSS Math 8 and go straight into CCSS Algebra 1?
Will students still be able to take AP Calculus in high school?
What is the new course sequence for middle grades and high school?
How do the CCSS Math 8 and CCSS Algebra 1 courses compare to the old Algebra 1 course?
Is CCSS Math 8 the same as the old 8th grade PreAlgebra course?
Can students skip CCSS Math 8 and go straight into CCSS Algebra 1?
Will students still be able to take AP Calculus in high school?
What are the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics are a coherent, focused, and rigorous progression of mathematics learning from Kindergarten through Advanced Algebra.
The Common Core State Standards are the result of a national initiative launched by the National Association of State Governors and the National Association of State School Superintendents to create unified standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics based on researching the standards of highachieving countries. They are voluntary for states to adopt, and at this point California and fortyfour other states have adopted them. All schools in SFUSD are expected to fully implement the CCSSM in the 20142015 school year. 
What is the new course sequence for middle grades and high school?

This is the course sequence being approved by the SFUSD board.
This course sequence ensures a solid middlegrades foundation that not only supports all students to successfully meet the UC “c” requirement, but also prepares them for college mathematics. One core sequence provides focus and coherence as schools and teachers implement the CCSSM and supports equity by creating a path for all students to experience rigorous mathematics.

How do the CCSS Math 8 and CCSS Algebra 1 courses compare to the old Algebra 1 course?

The standards that defined an Algebra 1 course under the old California standards are now divided between the CCSS Math 8 course and the CCSS Algebra 1 course, as shown below. CCSS Math 8 and CCSS Algebra 1 courses also include content from more advanced high school courses and concepts not previously taught in high school math, especially statistics.

Is CCSS Math 8 the same as the old 8th grade PreAlgebra course?

No. CCSS Math 8 is much more rigorous than the 8th grade math courses of the past, and covers many standards that used to be part of Algebra 1. The old PreAlgebra course primarily reviewed standards taught in earlier grades—fractions, decimals, and percents, ratios and proportions, equations, and geometric measurement—which remain the focus of Common Core courses in earlier grades. The content of CCSS Math 8 is based on standards from three main domains: Algebra and Functions (about 65%), Geometry (about 25%), and Statistics (about 10%).

Can students skip CCSS Math 8 and go straight into CCSS Algebra 1?

No. CCSS Math 8 introduces extensive new mathematics content and is not a course that can be skipped. The content of the middle grades course sequence (CCSS Math 6, CCSS Math 7, and CCSS Math 8) is essential for preparing students for both CCSS Algebra 1 and CCSS Geometry in high school. The authors of the Common Core developed an intentional vertical connection of algebraic and geometric topics from grades K8 through high school. CCSS Algebra 1 builds on the content students learn in CCSS Math 8 and does not repeat content from CCSS Math 8.
CCSS Algebra 1 is also much more rigorous than the old CA Algebra 1. It assumes students have already worked with linear equations and functions and then extends their study of nonlinear functions to include quadratic and exponential functions—topics that were introduced in Advanced Algebra in the past. CCSS Algebra 1 course also includes a significant focus on statistics and applying algebraic tools to solve complex, realworld problems. 
Will students still be able to take AP Calculus in high school?

Yes, by compressing courses in high school. Due to the essential nature of all CCSS courses, students can no longer accelerate in math by skipping a course. The current district plan includes the option to accelerate in high school by compressing CCSS Algebra 2 with Precalculus into a oneyear course.
Students can also take a different AP course, AP Statistics, without the compression course. 