## 2015 CCSS Algebra 1 Validation Exam Released Items

Download the released exam items for the 2015 CCSS Algebra 1 Validation Exam

In this initial year of implementing the CCSS aligned SFUSD Core Curriculum, we realize that many schools and districts are still transitioning from the previous California math standards to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Therefore, SFUSD offered students the opportunity to demonstrate their mathematical understanding of the content in CCSS Math 8 and CCSS Algebra 1. In keeping with the Common Core State Standards definition of rigor, the exam assessed students’ procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications.

This Validation Exam was optional for all incoming 9th graders. If they passed, they were enrolled in CCSS Geometry during their 9th grade year. However, the exam was

The exams were scored by scorers who participated in extensive training on how to score the items based upon the rubrics. This training was facilitated by a Ph.D. mathematician. Each item was scored twice; if there was a discrepancy between those scores, it was settled by a third scorer. Additionally, 5% of the exams were randomly sampled and scored by experts from the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI), Lawrence Hall of Science, and UCOP to validate the scoring.

**here**.In this initial year of implementing the CCSS aligned SFUSD Core Curriculum, we realize that many schools and districts are still transitioning from the previous California math standards to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Therefore, SFUSD offered students the opportunity to demonstrate their mathematical understanding of the content in CCSS Math 8 and CCSS Algebra 1. In keeping with the Common Core State Standards definition of rigor, the exam assessed students’ procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications.

This Validation Exam was optional for all incoming 9th graders. If they passed, they were enrolled in CCSS Geometry during their 9th grade year. However, the exam was

**not recommended**for students who have not taken a Common Core aligned Algebra 1 course. SFUSD**does not recommend**students skip CCSS Algebra 1 as this course contains content that is foundational to future success in mathematics.**From Superintendent Carranza:**The exams were scored by scorers who participated in extensive training on how to score the items based upon the rubrics. This training was facilitated by a Ph.D. mathematician. Each item was scored twice; if there was a discrepancy between those scores, it was settled by a third scorer. Additionally, 5% of the exams were randomly sampled and scored by experts from the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI), Lawrence Hall of Science, and UCOP to validate the scoring.